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First Tropical Depression of Atlantic Season Forms in Caribbean

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the first tropical depression of this year's hurricane season has formed in the northwestern Caribbean and could become a tropical storm later Saturday.

The Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida said the storm has maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour and is located over western Cuba. It is expected to make U.S. landfall in Florida on Tuesday. The Center is not predicting it will reach hurricane force.

Scientists are forecasting an active hurricane season, with 17 tropical storms, nine of them hurricanes. The season began on June first and ends in November.

Residents of Mississippi and Louisiana and the U.S. government are working to rebuild and protect New Orleans and other low lying coastal areas before any new hurricanes.

Last year, Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and Mississippi and was blamed for more than 1,300 deaths.

Some information for this report provided by AP.