Two Tropical Depressions Form In Atlantic Area

August 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season continues to be busy, with two Tropical Depressions forming in the Atlantic, with the Bermuda Weather Service saying that both Tropical Depression Thirteen and Tropical Depression Fourteen, are “not a threat to Bermuda at this time.”

On Tropical Depression Thirteen, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 200 PM AST [1800 UTC], the center of Tropical Depression Thirteen was located near latitude 16.0 North, longitude 52.8 West.

“The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph [33 km/h] and this motion is expected to continue for the next few days. On the forecast track, the depression is expected to move near or north of the northern Leeward Islands by late Friday and near or north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday.

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Two Tropical Depression August 20 2020

“Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph [55 km/h] with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today or tonight. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb [29.77 inches].

On Tropical Depression Fourteen, the NHC said, “At 200 PM EDT [1800 UTC], the center of Tropical Depression Fourteen was located near latitude 15.4 North, longitude 80.0 West. The depression is moving toward the west near 18 mph [30 km/h], and a westward motion is expected to continue through this evening. A turn toward the west-northwest and northwest with a decrease in forward speed is forecast tonight and Friday, with a general northwest motion continuing through at least Sunday.

“On the forecast track, the center of the system will move near or just north of the northeastern coast of Honduras and the Bay Islands on Friday and will approach the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico on Saturday. The center is then expected to cross the Yucatan Peninsula Saturday night and move into the south-central Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph [55 km/h] with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today or tonight. The system could be near or at hurricane strength when it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico late Saturday. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb [29.74 inches].”

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