As residents impacted by Hurricane Ian continue to recover from the devastating storm, the National Hurricane Center is tracking two other systems, including one that has been designated as Potential Tropical Cyclone 13.
The system — formerly known as Invest 91L — is expected to become a tropical storm Friday and could become a hurricane by Sunday with 80-mph winds as it approaches Nicaragua.
Gale-force winds and heavy squalls are expected as the system moves west. Seas of 11 feet associated with the system have been reported in the southern Caribbean.
#GOESEast 1-minute imagery revealed broiling convection associated with Invest Area #91L off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea at sunrise. The NHC has an 80% for 91L to become a tropical depression in the next 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/Jb7Jce1muI
— UW-Madison CIMSS (@UWCIMSS) October 6, 2022
While the system is "highly unlikely" to make a turn toward the U.S. because of a system of high pressure and strong wind shear, cruise ships and vacationers in the southern Caribbean in the path of the storm could be affected, according to AccuWeather.
The next named storms of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will be Julia and Karl.
Here's the latest update from the NHC as of 11 a.m. Oct. 6:
Potential Tropical Cyclone 13
Location: 140 miles east-southeast of Curacao
Maximum wind speed: 35 mph
Direction: west at 15 mph
At 11 a.m., the disturbance was centered 140 miles east-southeast of Curacao or 310 miles east-southeast of the northern tip of Guajira Peninsula, Colombia.
The system is moving toward the west near 15 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Sunday. On the forecast track, the system is expected to move near the ABC Islands, the coast of northwestern Venezuela, and the Guajira Peninsula of Colombia through Friday morning.
The system is then forecast to move across the southwestern Caribbean Sea and approach the coast of Nicaragua on Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next few days. The system could become a tropical depression by tonight, and is forecast to become a tropical storm on Friday.
The system is expected to become a hurricane by Sunday as it approaches the coast of Nicaragua.
Formation chance through 48 hours: high, 90 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days: high, 90 percent.
Forecast track for Potential Tropical Cyclone 13
Tropical Depression 12
Location: 705 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands
Maximum wind speed: 35 mph
Direction: west-northwest at 12 mph
At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Depression Twelve was located 705 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands.
The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph. A turn to the west is expected to occur by tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, with higher gusts. Slow weakening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become a remnant low within the next day.
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Who is likely to be impacted?
Potential Tropical Cyclone 13: The government of Colombia has issued a tropical storm warning for the coast of Colombia from the Colombia/Venezuela border westward to Riohacha.
Tropical storm conditions are expected along the coast of Colombia within the warning area by early Friday. Gusts to tropical storm force are also possible across the ABC Islands and the northwestern coast of Venezuela later today and tonight.
Swells generated by disturbance will affect the ABC Islands and portions of the coasts of northwestern Venezuela and the Guajira Peninsula of Colombia through Friday. Swells could reach Jamaica, Providencia, and San Andres on Saturday, and portions of the coast of Central America on Sunday. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions
Impact on the U.S.: It's too early at this time to determine if there will be any impact to the U.S. from the system.
Forecasters urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and to always be prepared during what's expected to be an active hurricane season.
When is the Atlantic hurricane season?
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
When is the peak of hurricane season?
Although the season has gotten off to a quiet start, the peak of the season is Sept. 10, with the most activity happening between mid-August and mid-October, according to the Hurricane Center.
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Tropical forecast over next five days
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What's out there?
Systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.
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This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Tropics watch: Hurricane Julia could become season's next storm