Tropical Depression 13 forms in the Atlantic

John “CoCo” Dean, Sr.
August 19, 2020
All eyes on TD 13; Strong to severe weather chance for the weekend ahead
August 20, 2020

Tropical Depression Thirteen has formed in the Atlantic this evening.


From the National Hurricane Center:


NHC is issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Depression Thirteen.


At 11 p.m. AST/EDT, the center of Tropical Depression Thirteen was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 1035 miles (1670 km) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands. It’s moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph (31 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.


The government of the Netherlands has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Saba and St. Eustatius. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by late Friday. Interests elsewhere in the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of this system, as tropical storm watches could be required for those areas on Thursday.


Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.Gradual strengthening is forecast to take place, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by late Thursday. When that occurs, it will be named Laura.


The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 5 a.m. AST/EDT