Tropical wave in the Atlantic becomes better organized

Hurricane forecasters continue to watch an area of disturbed weather about 850 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

In its 8 p.m. update this evening, the National Hurricane Center said the tropical wave of shower and thunderstorm activity has become a little better organized in the past couple of hours.

Forecasters say they expect that a tropical depression will form in the next several days as the system moves generally westward at about 10 to 15 mph.

The NHC forecast calls for a 50 percent chance that the system will become a tropical depression in the next 48 hours. The chances go up to 70 percent over the course of the next five days.

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