MIAMI -

The National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression has formed over the far east of the Atlantic.

This marks the fifth tropical depression this year.

A broad area of low pressure in the northwestern Caribbean Sea is moving toward the west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

Cloudiness and showers associated with this low continue to show signs of organization and a tropical depression could form before the disturbance reaches the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday.

After that, this weather system is forecast to move over the Gulf of Mexico where upper-level winds will likely be a little less favorable for development.

This system has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours and a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days.

Hurricane Headquarters

Cloudiness and showers associated with a low pressure system located a couple of hundred miles southeast of the Cape Verde Islands remain well organized and a tropical depression could form later Wednesday or on Thursday.

This system has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.

After that, the low will be moving into a less favorable environment for development. This system has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days.