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First Alert Tropical Update: Don weakens to tropical wave

The First Alert Forecast Team is tracking two areas in the Atlantic Basin.

Former Tropical Storm Don has weakened and is now just an open tropical wave moving quickly-westward across the southern Caribbean. With dry air and some level of wind shear present, re-strengthening is not expected as of this forecast.

Further north and east, Invest 96-L was located nearly 1,500 miles southeast of Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning. There is quite a bit of shower and thunderstorm activity associated with this tropical wave.

There is a 30 percent-chance that Invest 96-L becomes a tropical system within the next 48 hours; a 30 percent-chance within the next five days.

If this system does develop into a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm, it may be brief. The system will be battling wind shear and dry air.

Long-range forecast data is not overly impressed with Invest 96-L. But, this is worth keeping an eye on as it may approach the Bahamas late this weekend or early next week.

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