Tropical Depression Fourteen formed over the western Caribbean Sea on Thursday morning. At 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Tropical Depression Fourteen was located at latitude 15.1°N and longitude 79.7°W which put it about 235 miles (375 km) east of Cabo Gracias a Dios. The depression was moving toward the west at 21 m.p.h. (33 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 35 m.p.h. (55km/h) and there were wind gusts to 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 1007 mb.
A Tropical Storm Watch was issued for the portion of the coast of Honduras from the border with Nicaragua to Punta Castilla including the Bay Islands.
Satellite images on Thursday morning indicated that a center of circulation had developed within a tropical wave over the western Caribbean Sea and the National Hurricane Center designated the system as Tropical Depression Fourteen. The circulation around Tropical Depression Fourteen was still organizing. Bands of showers and thunderstorms were developing and they were beginning to revolve around the center of circulation. Storms near the center started to generate upper level divergence which was pumping mass away from the depression.
Tropical Depression Fourteen will move through an environment favorable for intensification during the next 36 to 48 hours. The depression will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 29°C. It will move through a region where the upper level winds are weak and the will be little vertical wind shear. Tropical Depression Fourteen will strengthen during the next day or two.
Tropical Depression Fourteen will move around the southwester part of a subtropical high pressure system over the North Atlantic Ocean. The high will steer the depression toward the west-northwest during the next 24 hours. The depression will turn toward the northwest on Friday when it gets closer to the western end of the high. On its anticipated track Tropical Depression Fourteen will pass near the coast of Honduras on Friday. It will approach the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday. The depression could drop heavy rain over eastern Honduras and flash floods will be possible.
Elsewhere over the Atlantic Ocean,, Tropical Depression Thirteen was speeding toward the northern Leeward Islands. At 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Tropical Depression Thirteen was located at latitude 16.0°N and longitude 52.0°W which put it about 750 miles (1205 km) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands. The depression was moving toward the west-northwest at 21 m.p.h. (33km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 35 m.p.h. (55 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 1008 mb.
Tropical Storm Watches were in effect for Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla.