Tropical Depression 7 Forms East of the Leeward Islands
Florida - Wednesday September 14, 2022: A disturbance in the tropical Atlantic that is approaching the Leeward Islands was upgraded to a tropical depression Wednesday morning by the National Hurricane Center. This is the seventh tropical depression of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.
It's not clear yet whether it will pose a threat to Florida, although current models show it tracking over, or near the Virgin Islands, Puerto RIco and Hispaniola.
As of 11 am, September 14, the National Hurricane Center reported that the center of Tropical Depression #7 was located near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 49.6 West, about 805 miles east of the Leeward Islands. The minimum central pressure was registered at 1009 millibars or 29.80 inches.
The depression was moving toward the west at about 14 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue during the next few days.
Maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph with higher gusts. Some gradual strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm tonight or Thursday.
The system could move near or over portions of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola this weekend, potentially bringing heavy rainfall and some wind damage to those areas. Current models bring it over the Dominican Republic by 8 am Monday morning.
Weakening is indicated by day 5 when the system is forecast to interact with the mountains of Hispaniola.
At this time, there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, however residents of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of the depression. Tropical Storm Watches could be issued for some islands later today.