TAMPA, Fla. — Tropical Depression 13 is in the central Atlantic Ocean. It’s expected to become a tropical storm. The next name is Laura.
What You Need To Know
- TD 13 in the central Atlantic expected to become a tropical storm
- Computer models show it near Florida early next week
- Projected intensity of the storm unknown at this time
- Storm Season 2020 Guide
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.
A strong high pressure to the north will keep it moving west-northwest and the computer models show it near Florida early next week
However, they are not in agreement on the intensity of the storm.
Our guidance shows this storm struggling due to multiple variables in front of it such as wind shear and land interactions. There’s some lingering Saharan dust (dry air) surrounding the storm that could also inhibit strengthening.
Regardless of intensity, we’ll likely have heavy rains moving through Florida early next week as it passes by. Winds will also increase Sunday through Tuesday.
SUMMARY OF 500 AM INFORMATION
ABOUT 905 MILES E OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW AT 21 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.77 INCHES