Tropical Depression Five developed off the coast of Africa in the eastern Atlantic ocean late Wednesday night.
The system is expected to become a tropical storm Thursday as it continues to move westward into the central Atlantic ocean.
This is not the same system that is expected to impact Atlanta this weekend. A separate tropical wave in the western Caribbean sea is expected to develop into a tropical depression or storm by the end the week, and move into the Gulf of Mexico. It's this system that could produce up to four inches of rain in Atlanta through Sunday.
Four named storms have developed so far this hurricane season, which ends on November 30th. Up to 19 named storms are forecast, which would be above average. The most active month in the tropical season is typically September.
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