Tropical Depression 13 forms in the Atlantic late Wednesday

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Tropical Depression 13 formed over the central tropical Atlantic Wednesday evening. The depression was found to be moving to the west-northwest at 20 mph with 35 mph max-sustained winds. It is forecast to strengthen into what would be named Tropical Storm Laura by Thursday evening.

The current forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center shows the tropical storm moving just north of the Leeward islands by Friday evening, then moving just north of Hispanola by Saturday evening before eventually moving northeast of Cuba by Sunday evening. The forecast then takes the tropical storm into south Florida on Monday.

While this current forecast track may perk our ears in Southwest Florida, we will likely see changes in both the forecast intensity and track of this system. Nothing is set in stone yet, but it’s never a bad idea to make sure the supplies in your hurricane kit are topped off. For now, stay calm, stay aware, and make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest information given by the National Hurricane Center. The good news? No models show this system becoming a hurricane.

We’re still keeping an eye two more disturbances; one in the Caribbean with an 80% chance of tropical development and another coming off the coast of Africa with a 40% chance of tropical development.


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