Season's 1st tropical depression forms in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - The National Hurricane Center says a tropical depression has formed off the mid-Atlantic coast, but it's not expected to threaten land.

The National Weather Service counts the depression as the first of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins Monday.

The depression's maximum sustained winds are 35 mph, and it's moving east-northeast near 18 mph. Forecasters say the storm is moving into colder waters and they expect it to dissipate in the next 12 to 24 hours.

Around 11 a.m. EDT Friday, the depression was centered about 345 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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