ORLANDO, Fla. – Fall has arrived, but it’s still hurricane season and all eyes are on newly-developed Tropical Depression 18.
As of 11 p.m. the depression is located in the Central Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and moving west at 15 mph. Tropical Depression 18 could strengthen into a tropical storm as early as Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The system is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane later in the weekend as in gets close to the Lesser Antilles.
Interest in the Caribbean should pay close attention to the progress of the storm, although early indications suggest this storm will move north and turn out to to sea. It is too early to know if this system will impact the Caribbean or U.S.
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Elsewhere, a gale-force, non-tropical low pressure system, the remnants of Odette, is about 500 miles west of the westernmost Azores.
The low could acquire some subtropical characteristics over marginally warm waters during the next few days while it makes a counter-clockwise loop over the north-central Atlantic Ocean. By the weekend, however, the system is expected to move into an environment of strong upper-level winds.
It has a 60% chance of developing.
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The next named storms will be called Sam, Teresa and Victor.
Hurricane season runs until Dec. 1.