Tropical depression forecast to develop far ESE of Big Island

National Hurricane Center forecasters are keeping tabs on an area of low pressure that’s expected to develop into a tropical depression by early next week.

The low pressure system, which featured showers and thunderstorms as of press-time Friday, was located about 2,300 miles east-southeast of the Big Island, according to the Miami-based forecasters.

“Environmental conditions appear marginally conducive for some additional development over the next few days, and a tropical depression could form by early next week while the system moves slowly westward,” the forecasters said.

They gave the system a 40% chance of forming into a tropical depression within 48 hours.

Forecasters were also monitoring Friday evening an area of showers and thunderstorms located about a hundred miles offshore of Puerto Angel, Mexico. The weather system changed little on Friday, and environmental conditions were expected to be somewhat conducive for additional development with a tropical depression expected to form this weekend.

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