MIAMI - Tropical Depression 18 formed over the southwestern Caribbean Sea Monday morning. Further strengthening is expected over the next day or two, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The center of the system is located about 320 miles south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica where a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect.
The depression is drifting south at 5 mph, but an eventual turn to the north-northeast is expected, which would mean good news for the Tampa Bay area. Current computer models take the system into the open Atlantic.
The system is expected to develop into a tropical storm later today and grow into a hurricane as it approaches Jamaica Tuesday night or Wednesday.
If the depression continues to strengthen, it will be named Sandy.
Far to the east, another system in the central tropical Atlantic has a high chance of growing into a cyclone, but computer models do not show it coming this way. If it becomes a cyclone, it would be named Tony.
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Plenty of sunshine with high humidity, but low chances for an afternoon shower or storm inland.