Tropical depression forms, dumps heavy rains on Puerto Rico as it aims for Bahamas

The Associated Press
August 23, 2014 02:30 PM

A man fishes as a cluster of storms passes through the area, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The National Weather Service in San Juan said the region could be hit with up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain and wind gusts of 35 mph (56 kph). (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

MIAMI - The U.S. Hurricane Center says a tropical depression has formed and it is dumping heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as it heads for the Bahamas.

The hurricane centre said the fourth depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed on Saturday afternoon. The system is expected to strengthen and a tropical storm warning has been issued for the Turks and Caicos and parts of the Bahamas. Forecasters say it could bring up to 8 inches (20 centimetres) of rain.

Forecasters in San Juan are calling for up to 6 inches (15 centimetres) of rain for parts of region. Officials say nearly 3,500 customers were without power there, and more than 3,550 without water.

The depression has sustained winds of 35 mph (56 kph). It is expected to become a tropical storm Sunday.

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