MIAMI (AP/WCSC) - A tropical depression far out in the Atlantic is forecast to become a hurricane this week, but it's too early to know if it'll strike the U.S. or anywhere else.
Meanwhile, what once was Tropical Storm Jose has dissipated in the Atlantic a day after brushing past Bermuda.
Of more significance is new Tropical Depression 12 located south of the Cape Verde islands near the coast of Africa. TD 12 should become Tropical Storm Katia on Monday or Tuesday and continue to strengthen as it moves west toward the Lesser Antilles this weekend.
Forecast models make this storm a major hurricane in the long term but the forecast path is still unknown. It is in a position that historically could pose a threat to the U.S. east coast so we will be watching it for you over the next week and tracking it in the Hurricane Center.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday the depression south of the Cape Verde Islands could become a tropical storm later Monday and could reach hurricane strength Thursday, still far out in the Atlantic.
Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said it's too early to know if it would hit the U.S.