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New depression, east of Gil, expected to become tropical storm

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    This composite satellite image shows a low pressure system east of Hawaii, followed by Tropical Storm Gil and Tropical Depression 8-E.
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    This National Weather Service graphic shows the forecast path of Tropical Storm Gil for the next five days in relation to Hawaii.
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A new tropical depression has formed east of Tropical Storm Gil.

The storm system that had been trailing Gil intensified and is expected to develop into a tropical storm Sunday. 

Tropical Depression 8-E was about 1,135 miles southwest of Baja, California at 11 a.m.

It has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and is moving west at 9 mph. If it does become a tropical storm, it will be named Henriette.

Gil, meanwhile, weakened, despite being over warmer waters. its maximum sustained winds dropped to 50 mph at 5 p.m., from 60 mph earlier today. The tropical storm winds extend 60 miles from the center.

The storm was 1,450 miles east of Hilo, moving west at 60 mph at 11 a.m. Its path should take a west southwest turn over the weekend and it may strengthen again.

Gil’s path appears to be taking it south of Hawaii, but it is too far away to say if it will affect on our weather.

The five-day forecast has Gil moving into the Central Pacific on Monday or Tuesday as a tropical storm. It is likely to weaken into a depression on Thursday.

Another low pressure system of disorganized showers and thunderstorms is about 750 miles southeast of Hilo. It has a low chance of becoming a tropical storm. 

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