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Forecast Cone puts Category 1 Hurricane Near Tampa Bay Next Week

TAMPA, Fla. — Tropical Depression 13 remains fairly poorly organized at this time. 

At 2 p.m. Thursday it had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

However a steady strengthening is forecast and this system should become a tropical storm and then a hurricane.

What You Need To Know

Conditions appear favorable for a strengthening system, depending on land interaction, later in the forecast.

Intensification faster than is shown on the official forecast cone is a possibility.

It’s not near any land now but it’s expected to be near the northern Leeward Islands by Friday night then move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend.Persons in Florida should closely monitor the progress of this system through the weekend and into next week.

2:00 PM AST Thu Aug 20
Location: 16.0°N 52.8°W
Moving: WNW at 21 mph
Min pressure: 1008 mb
Max sustained: 35 mph


A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* Saba and St. Eustatius

* St. Maarten

* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla


Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 14 has formed in the Caribbean. The tropical wave we’ve been following has developed a closed circulation. Recon is scheduled to investigate it this afternoon.

Conditions appear to be very favorable for strengthening in the Western Caribbean in a few days. After that, the system will encounter more wind shear but we are still unsure how all of these factors are going to play into the forecast.

This system could very well be a hurricane as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula in a few days.

2:00 PM EDT Thu Aug 20

Location: 15.4°N 80.0°W

Moving: W at 18 mph

Min pressure: 1007 mb

Max sustained: 35 mph

Make sure watch our Tropics Updates at :49 each hour.

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