A week after Hurricane Ian left a trail of devastation in Florida, a tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic.
Tropical Depression 12 formed a few hundred miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday. Tropical depressions, which can themselves produce strong winds and severe thunderstorms, sometimes develop into more powerful tropical storms and hurricanes.
However, meteorologists do not believe that the current tropical depression is likely to pose a threat to the US, even if it forms a tropical storm or eventual hurricane, as it is still far east of North America. The Cape Verde Islands are approximately 385 miles west of Senegal.
“Tropical Depression 12 formed off the coast of Africa with winds reaching 35 mph,” said Ed Bloodsworth, chief meteorologist at CBS affiliate WKRG. tweeted on Tuesday. “It will most likely strengthen into a tropical storm by tomorrow, but it will be a very short-lived system. No impact on the US.”
Meteorologist James Spann predicted in a tweet that the tropical depression “would be one of those short-lived junk systems that will stay far from land”.
If the system strengthens, it could be called Tropical Storm Julia, with “Julia” and “Karl” being the next two names on the World Meteorological Organization’s 2022 list of tropical cyclone names for the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and North Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to the tropical depression, the NHC also noted that several hundred miles east of the Winward Islands in the southern Caribbean is a “wide area of low pressure” with the potential to develop into a stronger westbound storm.
The system is projected to have a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within 48 hours and a 70 percent chance of developing into one within five days.
The system is en route to Central America, according to the NHC, which said that “conditions are expected to become more favorable for development later this week as the system reaches the central and western Caribbean Seas.”
meteorologist Cindy Preszler Miami CBS station WFOR tweeted that none of the systems in the Atlantic posed a threat to South Florida.
“Right now there are two systems in the tropics, but neither is a threat to South Florida,” she said. “Tropical Depression #12 was small and far to the east…no problem. Approaching the Windward Islands, the wave is expected to move west towards Central America by the weekend.”
At least 108 Hurricane Ian-related deaths have been recorded in the United States as of Tuesday, including 104 in Florida and four in North Carolina, according to CBS News. Tracking site PowerOutage.US said 360,000 Florida homes were left without power. Total defaults in Florida peaked last Wednesday at around 2.7 million.
Hurricane Ian could become one of the costliest natural disasters in US history, with repair costs estimated at up to $47 billion in Florida alone.
news week contacted the NHC for comment.
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