Tropical Depression 13 expected to become a tropical storm later today; Tropical Depression 14 forms in the Caribbean


The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor Tropical Depression 13 and two other systems in the Atlantic Thursday morning.

The depression formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday night and has been moving west-northwestward with little change in strength, according to the NHC.

It is located about 830 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

The system is forecast to become Tropical Storm Laura later today as it moves near or north of the northern Leeward Islands. It will be near or north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday.

The forecast track shows the storm nearing Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

There is still a lot of uncertainty of the overall track and intensity. Most forecast guidance suggest the storm will be steered by a strong high pressure to the north that will continue to push the tropical system westwards into the Gulf before turning north somewhere.

Once it gets closer towards Florida, there is still some questions of when will it make that turn north. There is a trough out west that will pick the storm up, however track of the storm will depend on how strong the high can push it westward before making that turn.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Maarten, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla.

Another system located in the central Caribbean Sea has become Tropical Depression 14. The system is moving westward and will likely produce heavy rains across a large portion of Central America and southeastern Mexico late this week and weekend. The system is expected to become a tropical storm heading up towards Texas by early next week.

The NHC is also monitoring a tropical wave over western Africa. The wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms and is expected to move over the far eastern tropical Atlantic on Friday. It has just a 20% chance of developing over the next two days and a 40% chance of development over the next five days.

The National Hurricane Center is currently tracking 2 other disturbances in the Atlantic. It’s too early to tell if there would be any impacts.

The next two named storms are Laura and Marco.


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