An area of ??low pressure in the mid-Atlantic gave way on Tuesday to Tropical Depression 13, which the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says will be a major hurricane by the end of this week.
The depression is located about 1,425 miles (2,295 km) east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), a trajectory that is expected to continue for the next few days.
The system packs maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (55 km/h), but according to NHC forecasters it will intensify to Hurricane Lee in a couple of days, which should reach Hurricane Lee over the weekend. to be a major hurricane, that is, category three or more on the Saffir-Simpson scale, out of a maximum of five.
The development of the cyclone has put the Leeward Islands (Antigua and Barbuda) on alert , Monserrat, Virgin Islands, among others), although the NHC pointed out in the first bulletin dedicated to this system that it is still premature to know for sure the impact it will leave on this group of Caribbean islands.
The formation of depression 13 of the current hurricane season in the Atlantic, which will end on November 1, occurs after last Wednesday powerful hurricane Idalia will make landfall in northwestern Florida and continue over the southeastern US.
NHC meteorologists are also watching today for a strong tropical wave off the coast of West Africa that could become a tropical depression by the middle of this week.
The wave is moving in a west-northwest direction and between Wednesday and Thursday it could pass over the African islands of Cape Verde.
In an update released on August 10, the National Administration of The US Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA) predicted an “above normal” Atlantic hurricane season, with the formation of between 14 and 21 tropical storms, of which between 6 and 11 they would be hurricanes.
With information from EFE