Forecasters keeping eye on 3 systems in Atlantic

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a depression which formed far over the Atlantic early Monday has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gaston.   

Gaston was centered about 450 miles (725 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern most Cabo Verde Islands.  The tropical storm is being steered west-northwestward to the south of deep-layer ridge over the eastern Atlantic.  It could become a hurricane by Wednesday. However, it will remain well out to sea even by the weekend.

Meanwhile, Fiona is holding as a tropical depression in the Atlantic.  The depression's maximum sustained winds Monday are near 35 mph (55 kph). Little change in strength is expected during the next two days, but forecasters say it could become a remnant low in the next day or two.


Fiona is centered about 540 miles (870 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph (28 kph).

Forecasters are also watching a tropical wave near the Lesser Antilles, which is moving northwest toward the Bahamas.  

Stay tuned to FOX 35 for the latest on these tropical systems.