Disturbance in the southern Atlantic may become a tropical storm

Hurricane Fernanda Update: July 16, 2017

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered downpours return; lower rain chances by late-week

A second system over the Atlantic, located a few hundred miles farther to the east, also has a chance at development this week.

Tropical Storm Don has formed in the deep Atlantic, but at this point, it doesn't appear to be any threat to SC or the United States.

The Hurricane Hunters with the US Air Force are on standby Monday in case they need to gather data within the storm.

The hurricane center said the storm could develop more over the day or two as it reaches the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.

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If it were to muster tropical storm status, it would be named Don.

After that, however, its future is murky.

It has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days.

On July 13, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, NASA's Terra satellite captured this close up image of Hurricane Fernanda in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Strong wind shear can prevent tropical development or shred apart mature tropical storms or hurricanes. It is now moving west at 17 miles per hour, producing 40 miles per hour sustained wind.

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