Tropical Update 2012: TD-18 Forms, Jamaica & Cuba Should Watch

By: hurricaneben , 3:10 PM GMT on October 22, 2012

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99L has just now developed into Tropical Depression Eighteen as of 11 AM EDT. Gradual strengthening should bring this up to TS strength much later in the day and could possibly be a minimal hurricane by the time it makes landfall in SE Cuba late Wednesday/early Thursday. Jamaica should also get a brush or brief landfall as a stronger tropical storm by early Wednesday. This definitely bears watching for those in Jamaica...Cuba and The Bahamas. As for the Lower 48, I don't see a direct threat or any major concerns at this time though some minor impacts in Florida is possible by Thursday/Friday with increased windy conditions, high surf and minor coastal flooding. Of course a lot can happen in the next few days so this newly-formed depression certainly bears some watching.

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