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Tropical Depression 4 forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Depression 4 forms in the Atlantic

On Thursday morning, the depression was about halfway between the Lesser Antilles and the coast of Africa.

The CSU forecast team says there is a 38% chance a major hurricane will make landfall along the Gulf of Mexico coast.

"It's hanging on really by a thread in terms of funding", said James Franklin, who oversees the National Hurricane Center team that releases tropical storm forecasts and warnings. Four is expected to become post-tropical by Sunday.

As Tropical Depression 4 was getting organized in the central Atlantic Ocean the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM satellite peered into the storm and measured rainfall within.

If it reaches winds of at least 39 miles per hour, it will become Tropical Storm Don, the fourth named storm of the year.

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June also saw more action than usual. Conditions ahead of it, toward the Caribbean, aren't as conducive to tropical systems at this point, Cangialosi said. Hazards: lightning, quick downpours, gusty winds of 40 miles per hour.

Over the next five days, forecasters don't think it will form into a tropical storm. If the storm strengthens, which seems unlikely, it would become Tropical Storm Don.

The National Hurricane Center has been watching the unorganized cluster of storms since late last week.

Speaking to The Daily News, Klotzbach said the only comparable years in which the university increased its hurricane prediction by four "ended up being very active seasons".