A cluster of thunderstorms churning several thousands of miles to the east of the islands has shown further organization and has been labeled Tropical Depression Eight-e.
The system is forecast to move slowly west-northwest for at least 72 hours. After that time the forecast models begin to spread apart, so there is less confidence in the track long-term.
Eight-e is forecast to strengthen to a tropical storm within two days with winds peaking at 40 mph.
As it moves farther west and closer to the islands, the system is expected to encounter slightly cooler waters, drier air and possibly increasing wind shear that could weaken the cyclone back to a tropical depression by Friday afternoon.