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NEWS: Tropical Depression Prompts Warnings for Bahamas as Potential Hurricane

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posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 12:58 AM
The 18th tropical depression of the hurricane season has formed in the Atlantic near the outer rim of Caribbean islands. The depression is forecasted to reach hurricane status when it reaches the Bahamas on the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
A new tropical depression developed east of the Bahamas and prompted storm warnings in the island chain Saturday.

At 11 p.m., the depression had sustained winds of about 30 mph and was located about 95 miles east of Grand Turk Island in the southwestern Bahamas. It was moving to the west-northwest near 10 mph.

Tropical systems get a name when they have winds above 39 mph. The depression would be named Tropical Storm Rita if it strengthens into the 18th named storm of the season.

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This one could be a threat to the Gulf states and will brush southern Florida. The Caribbean hurricane season runs from June 1 through November, so there's still 2 months left.

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[edit on 9-18-2005 by William One Sac]

posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 01:09 AM
Forecasted track is here:

Conditions are becoming more favorable for development and this system is expected to impact the south Florida area as a hurricane in about 72 hours. Once in the Gulf of Mexico, only a slight increase is indicated because of the upwelling from Katrina. 75KT is the landfall intensity for Florida and catagory 2 in the Gulf.

There is a chance that this system will become stronger than forecasted.

See the NHC website for official forecast info:

[edit on 18-9-2005 by Regenmacher]

posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 01:21 AM
Katrina 2.0?

Will it gathers strength in the Gulf?

posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 01:32 AM
It looks like I'll get hit with that on Monday night but I don't know how strong it will be by that time.

It has to pass over a few other Islands first and that may weaken it or at least stop it from getting stronger.

posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 01:40 AM
At this point in the game, it's too early to make a reliable call for a specific a US landfall, but a Cat 2 is a safe bet if it enters the Gulf.

Soon to be Rita should reach hurricane status as it approaches the Andros Island,
see here for Naval Atlantic Meteorology Forecast and Track Map

[edit on 18-9-2005 by Regenmacher]

posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 06:42 AM
Katrina churned up the warm top layer of the gulf waters.
It brought the cooler bottom water up. This storm shouldn't
get as strong as Katrina. The water is much cooler now and
it doesn't have as much to feed off of.

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