Saturday 19 October, 2019

Tropical Depression forecast to become hurricane near Leeward Islands

The northern Leeward Islands are urged to keep their eyes on a Tropical Depression which is expected to approach them as a hurricane by the end of the week

The National Hurricane Centre today issued an advisory on Tropical Depression 10 which, at 11 am was located near latitude 12.9 North, longitude 44.9 West.

The NHC said the depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h).

A west-northwestward motion at a somewhat faster forward speed is expected over the next few days.

On the forecast track, the system will approach the northern Leeward Islands on Thursday night or Friday.

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.

The system is forecast to become a hurricane by the time it approaches the northern Leeward Islands.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).

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