- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical wave has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, a few hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that the wave has an elongated and poorly defined circulation.

Satellite imagery indicates that the associated shower and thunderstorm activity remains disorganized. The storm is moving west-northwestward at about 15 mph (24 kph) near the northern Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles. The storm could strengthen later this week as it nears the southeastern and central Bahamas.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gaston’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 kph). The Hurricane Center has forecasted additional strengthening, and Gaston is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Fiona is breaking up as a tropical depression and should gradually weaken over the next couple of days.

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