Tropical Depression 10 Expected to Become Hurricane This Week, Says Agency

September 17, 2019 Updated: September 17, 2019

Tropical Depression 10 formed in the Atlantic Ocean and could become a hurricane before Friday, Sept. 20, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The agency said that the storm will strengthen into a tropical storm later on Tuesday before attaining “hurricane status within 72 hours.”

“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 Thursday night or Friday,” it said in another advisory.

The storm would be named Hurricane or Tropical Storm Jerry, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Tropical Depression 10 formed in the Atlantic Ocean and could become a hurricane before Friday, Sept. 20 (NHC)

The agency forecasted that the storm will be a hurricane as it nears the northern Leeward Islands.

As of now, the storm has winds of 35 mph with higher gusts, the NHC said.

The NHC’s cone of uncertainty shows a potential track anywhere north of the island of Hispaniola to east of the Bahamas. It’s not clear if the storm will make a significant impact on the United States.

Hurricane Humberto, meanwhile, is pulling away from the United State and moving towards the island of Bermuda, the NHC said at 2 p.m. EDT. The storm has 100 mph winds as it moves to the east-northeast at 9 mph.

A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning are both in effect for Bermuda.

“Humberto is moving toward the east-northeast near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion with a gradual increase in forward speed is expected through early Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Humberto is expected to pass just to the north of Bermuda Wednesday night,” the agency said, adding that Humberto is a “large hurricane.”

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall near Freeport, Texas.

The storm may produce “heavy rainfall” and the threat of flash flooding in southern Texas, the NHC warned.

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