Thursday, October 21, 2010

Does Manatee need to worry about No. 19?

A new tropical depression – No. 19 of the season in the Atlantic basin – formed Wednesday night in the northwestern Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center in an 11 p.m. advisory.

And while it is still too early to tell where it will end up, one lone computer model at shows the storm hooking around Cuba and smacking into Manatee County.

Most models, however, show the storm crossing Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. And BayNews9 reported late Wednesday that meteorologists were reasonably confident the system would not directly impact the Tampa Bay area.

The system had sustained winds of 35 mph and the center of circulation was located about 125 miles south of Grand Cayman.

It was trudging along to the east at 2 mph. Minimal turns to the south and west were expected over the next few days.

Little change in strength was expected Thursday, but it could become a Tropical Storm Richard by the weekend.
Find the latest from the hurricane center here.

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