Tropical Disturbance Becomes a Tropical Depression Near Hispaniola: U.S. Threat Ahead?

August 23, 2014

A tropical disturbance near Hispaniola has finally gained a center of circulation, and as of the 5 p.m. Eastern advisory, the National Hurricane Center has upgraded the disturbance to a tropical depression.

Tropical Depression Four is pushing its way from the Caribbean into the Atlantic, and it is still being closely monitored for potential development into a tropical storm.

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Projected Path

The latest forecast path and wind speeds from the National Hurricane Center.


Where is the Tropical Depression Now?

As shown in the infrared satellite image above, the general area of disturbed weather has now pushed north of the Caribbean Sea, affecting portions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 

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Tropical Storm/Hurricane Watches/Warnings

A tropical storm or hurricane watch is issued when those conditions are possible within the area. Watches are typically posted 48 hours in advance of the onset of tropical storm-force conditions, since preparing for the storm becomes difficult once tropical storm-force winds begin. A tropical storm or hurricane warning means those conditions are expected in the area. Warnings are typically issued 36 hours in advance of the onset of tropical storm-force winds. When a warning is issued, you should complete all storm preparations and, if directed by local officials, evacuate the area immediately.

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