National Hurricane Center 5am Tuesday 7-23-19 update

Tropical depression moves up Atlantic Coast, not expected to strengthen

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MIAMI (AP) - Tropical depression No. 3 is moving parallel up the east Florida peninsula Tuesday morning with increased winds and heavy showers, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the tropical depression emerged Monday afternoon. At 5 a.m. Tuesday the center of the storm is 120 miles southeast of West Palm Beach and has top sustained winds of 35 mph. It's moving to the north at 12 mph.

The storms is moving between southeastern Florida and the northwest Bahamas.  No significant increase in strength is anticipated, and the depression is forecast to dissipate on Wednesday.

Forecasters are urging people in the northwest Bahamas and on Florida's Atlantic coast to keep an eye on the storm's progress.

A motion toward north-northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the northeast on Wednesday.  On the forecast track, the center of the depression should remain offshore the coast of the southeastern United States through Wednesday.

The storm system is expected to drop from 1 to 3 inches of rain across the Bahamas and parts of Florida's Atlantic coast through Tuesday.

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