With only a week to go before the "official" end of the hurricane season forecasters were still watching an area of disturbed weather over the Atlantic Ocean that posed some threat of becoming a subtropical storm.

The low pressure area, located over the southwestern Atlantic, was forecast Saturday to become a "powerful non-tropical cyclone" with only a marginal chance of acquiring subtropical characteristics, the National Hurricane Center said in its 6 a.m. statement.

The cyclone was expected to move east-northeast across the western and central Atlantic.

Winds to gale force are expected over the area this weekend.

The cyclone posed only a 10 percent chance of becoming Subtropical Storm Patty.