The first tropical depression of the 2006 hurricane seasonformed in the Caribbean in the same area that Katrina formedin 2005. The depression is poorly defined, with windsgusting to 35 miles an hour, but could become a named stormduring the coming week. If it moves northward into the Gulfof Mexico, it is likely to become a powerful storm, becausegulf water temperatures are at record highs due to globalwarming. At present, it appears that it will hug the Floridacoast and not develop beyond the level of a tropical storm.

The depression is located in the Caribbean Sea about 45miles west-southwest the western tip of Cuba. It is movingnorth-northwest into the Gulf of Mexico at about 12 milesper hour.

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