(CMR) Tropical Depression 7 formed Wednesday morning, 14 September, outside of the Caribbean as the system pushes west toward the Leeward Islands. This is expected to be the next named storm and could become a tropical storm as early as Wednesday evening. The next name on the list is Fiona.
As of 10 a.m. Cayman Time, Tropical Depression 7 was 805 miles east of the Leeward Islands and has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
The depression is moving at a rate of 14 mph, and it is forecast to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands Friday night as a tropical storm.
The system will likely bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Friday through Saturday.
Its intensification is predicted to be brief, as it is expected to interact with Hispaniola and its rugged, mountainous terrain, which historically is responsible for tearing up the organization of storm systems.
As of right now, long-range forecast models predict it will curve north, which would take it away from the Cayman Islands. However, long-range models are not always accurate; Cayman is encouraged to be storm prepared.