Columbia, SC (WLTX) — The National Hurricane Center is a watching a tropical wave in the Atlantic. The wave may become better organized and form into a storm this week.

The tropical wave is about 200 east of the Leeward Islands. Environmental conditions are expected to become favorable for further development over the next few days.

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The system may become a tropical depression by the middle of the week. The disturbance could bring rainfall to Puerto Rico, but it is not expected to impact the mainland of the United States.

A cold front will move off the East Coast by the end of the week and push the disturbance out to sea.

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The hurricane center gives it a high chance of development over the next five days. If it were to get a name, it would be Patty.

Hurricane season officially continues until November 30.