Weather watchers are tracking what could become the season’s first named Atlantic storm.

National Hurricane Center tracks developing Atlantic storm
Courtesy National Weather Service

The U.S. National Hurricane Center reported the second tropical depression off the coast of Africa is remaining at just below tropical storm strength.

If it strengthens, the tropical depression — located 630 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands —  would be named Tropical Storm Ana and could move west-northwest and threaten the Caribbean, the  U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

National Weather Service forecasters predict the depression could strengthen to storm status during the next five days with winds of 39 mph to 73 miles mph.

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