Invest 98L became ninth this morning tropical depression The 2022 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported this morning.
In its bulletin at 5:00 a.m., the meteorological agency specified that the tropical wave had a defined center of circulation for 12 to 18 hours as of yesterday. However, it was not until last night that its convection (area of rain and thunderstorms) remained around the center long enough to be considered a tropical cyclone.
A reconnaissance flight of a Hurricane Hunter aircraft from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the United States Air Force Reserve (Air Force US in English) is scheduled for this morning with the intention of determining the detail of the system, the composition of its center , specify its location and define the behavior of its convection.
The strongest activity in this system is west of its center, where it maintains maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (mph).
“The depression is moving toward the west-northwest at about 13 mph. Another westward turn is forecast for the next day or so, followed by a west-northwest and north-northwestward turn later this week. Turn west,” said the storm forecaster and expert Philip Papinwho was in charge of the report this morning
According to satellite projections, the center of circulation is at 13.9 degrees north latitude and 68.9 degrees west longitude.
For now, Papin, who has a doctorate in that specialty, believes that this tropical depression, which may become Tropical Storm Hermine tomorrow, will intensify slightly in the coming days as it travels through the center of the Caribbean Sea. passes.
Even then, It is predicted that the future storm will rapidly turn into a hurricane early next week, In fact, within five days, the cyclone could become a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale with winds of up to 110 mph.
interest in the state of Florida They should monitor the development of this system, as NHC’s long-term track suggests the system could be near or over the southwestern peninsula by next Wednesday.
Had it turned into a hurricane, it would have been the fourth this season.
Next full bulletin regarding this system will be issued at 11:00 AM