Hurricane forecasters keeping eye on disturbance near Caribbean Sea

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Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are watching a system in the mid-Atlantic, a reminder that the 2018 hurricane season is not over yet.

The tropical wave is located several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is gradually becoming better defined, forecasters say. The system is producing strong gusty winds, mainly to the east of the disturbance.

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Forecasters expect no significant development during the next day or two, but conditions could become a more conducive by Tuesday.

A tropical or subtropical cyclone could form during the middle of the week, forecasters say, while the system moves near or north of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas.

The Hurricane Center gives the system a 50 percent chance of formation in the next five days.