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Tropical depression forms in Atlantic

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Just as Ernesto finishes drenching Central America, we have a new tropical system to keep an eye on.

Tropical Depression 7 formed in the Atlantic Thursday afternoon with winds of 35 mph.

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"Despite plenty of dry air west and north of Tropical Depression 7, it was able close off on enough dry air to gain strength…It will struggle with some of this dry air over the next few days, and development will be slow to occur," offered FOX 13 meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne. "If it can survive its path through dry air, the depression will approach the Lesser Antilles Saturday."

The track seems similar to Ernesto, which remained south of Florida and made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

T.D. 7, though, is still too far out for long-term predictions. For now, the National Hurricane Center expects the system will continue to move west and perhaps strengthen into a tropical storm on Friday.

If that happens, it will take the name "Gordon."

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