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Nation IN BRIEF : FLORIDA : Season's 1st Tropical Depression Forms

June 01, 1993|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The 1993 Atlantic hurricane season's first tropical depression formed in the northwest Caribbean, and forecasters said it could bring nearly a foot of rain to parts of Florida. The disturbance had already brought two days of rain to Cuba and South Florida. Its top winds of 30 m.p.h. were not expected to strengthen. The first tropical depression arrived slightly ahead of schedule--the hurricane season officially starts today and runs through Nov. 30. Max Mayfield, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center in suburban Coral Gables, said the system will be named Arlene if its winds reach tropical storm strength--sustained winds of at least 39 m.p.h.

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