Tropical Depression Four not expected to strengthen

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Tropical Depression Four formed in the Atlantic Ocean late Wednesday. Four is not expected to threaten the Gulf Coast at this time.

Wind speeds with Four maxed out at 30 miles per hour early Thursday as the tropical depression moved to the west-northwest at a quick 17 miles per hour.

Factors like dry air and wind shear are expected to limit Four's development, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Depression Four is expected to never intensify to tropical storm strength as it moves over the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean toward the Bahamas by next week.

"Even though Tropical Depression Four is not expected to intensify due to unfavorable conditions in its path, its thunderstorms are showing healthy signs on satellite," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "The cloud tops are feathering out, allowing for good ventilation. We'll be watching for any changes to the forecast trend. At this time, though, the Gulf doesn't look to see a direct threat from this tropical system."

"Folks who have travel plans to the Caribbean Islands or the Bahamas over the next few weeks should pay close attention in case the system unexpectedly intensifies," said Williams.

'Don' is next up on the list of 2017 Atlantic storm names.

Hurricane season peaks in September and does not end until November.

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