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Erin Dissipates in Central Atlantic

UPDATED 5 PM EDT, August 18, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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Tropical Depression Erin has fallen apart over the central Atlantic, having lost all organization. Meanwhile, another wave that has just emerged off the African Coast though is showing potential to become a tropical cyclone.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Erin was located near 20.4 N and 39.8 W, or about 1,080 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Erin`s top sustained winds remained at 35 mph. It was churning toward the west at 8 mph. Erin`s minimum central pressure is 1009 mb, or 29.80 inches of mercury.

After fighting dry air and strong upper-level winds, Erin dissipated this afternoon across the central Atlantic. The poor atmospheric conditions are expected to continue, meaning that Erin`s remnants will be only a slight hindrance to shipping lanes across the central Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave coming off the African coast and still hundreds of miles southeast of the Cape Verde Islands has potential to become a named storm. Warm water and lighter upper-level winds could help the cluster of thunderstorms organize into a depression or even a tropical storm by the middle of next week. If it was to become a tropical storm as it motors through the eastern Atlantic, it would be given the name, "Fernand."

Now is the time of the season when the Atlantic basin ramps up with activity. Usually by the end of August, five named storms have formed, with three of those forming in August alone.

Be sure to check with WeatherBug for the latest on the 2013 hurricane season. Get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter.

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