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Centre of Tropical Depression 7 forecast to pass near VI this weekend

Centre of Tropical Depression 7 forecast to pass near VI this weekend

Tropical Disturbance AL96 has now become Tropical Depression Seven and is heading towards the Leeward Islands.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in its 5:00 pm update said the centre of Tropical Depression Seven was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 50.5 West.

It said the depression is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue during the next few days.

Depression may reach Leeward Islands on Friday


On the forecast track, the center of the system is expected to move through the Leeward Islands late Friday and Friday night, September 16, 2022, and be near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend, the NHC stated.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) 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.

On the forecast track, the center of the system is expected to move through the Leeward Islands late Friday and Friday night, September 16, 2022, and be near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend.


Rainfall


The depression is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with maximum totals of 8 inches across the northern Leeward Islands, the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

These rains may produce isolated flash and urban flooding, along with isolated mudslides in areas of higher terrain, the NHC advised.

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