Published: Aug 21, 2010 9:37 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2010 6:38 PM EDT

MIAMI, Fla. - The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Six has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean.

As of the Hurricane Center's 5pm update, the depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 miles per hour. The system is expected to continue in that general motion, with an increase in forward speed is expected for the next several days; however forecast tracks keep the system in the open water.
 
The depression currently has maximum sustained winds near 30 mph, with higher gusts.  Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the depression could become a tropical storm tonight or tomorrow, and a hurricane by Monday.

(Image courtesy National Hurricane Center)