Eye on the Tropics

Caribbean disturbance forecast to strengthen into Tropical Storm Julia

ORLANDO, Fla. — A disturbance in the southeast Caribbean is now Potential Cyclone 13, which means its forecast to gain strength shortly.

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Chief meteorologist Tom Terry said Potential Cyclone 13 is not quite fully formed, but will become Julia on Friday or over the weekend at the latest.

Terry said the system is forecast to head west toward Honduras.

High pressure near Florida will prevent the storm from moving north toward the state, unlike the setup for Hurricane Ian.

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Meteorologist Rusty McCranie said the system is forecast to become Tropical Storm Julia and gain hurricane strength before making landfall in Central America, well away from Florida.

McCranie said computer models all show a nearly due west track, including the Euro model.

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