(LOOP NEWS CARIBBEAN) – The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has forecast that Tropical Depression Rene will regain tropical storm strength later today.
At 5 am AST, the centre of Rene was located about 440 miles (710 km) west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands.
Rene is moving toward the west-northwest at around 14 mph (22 km/h) and a motion toward west-northwest is expected to take place during the next couple of days, followed by a turn to the northwest.
The storm has maximum sustained winds that are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.