Tropical Depression 12, the storm system being tracked in the eastern Atlantic, will not pose a threat to the United States or the Caribbean region, according to leading meteorologists. The system is currently being tracked closer to Africa than North America.
The news undoubtedly comes as a welcome relief to the people of Florida who were hit by Hurricane Ian last week. If another major hurricane hits Florida in 2022, it will be the first year since 2005 to hit the state twice. This year there were Hurricanes Dennis and Wilma, and the year before there was a trifecta: Hurricanes Charley, Ivan, and Jeanne.
So far, maximum wind speeds from Tropical Depression 12 have been 35 miles per hour, well below hurricane speeds. It was first identified on Tuesday afternoon, but so far the news has been good. “We have a large high-pressure ridge to the northeast (of Tropical Depression Twelve), and then we have this low-pressure area to the northwest.” said FOX Weather meteorologist Britta Merwin. “That sets the pattern for where TD-Twelve will roll.”
The tropical depression is expected to continue westward away from the Cabo Verde Islands through Thursday, slowing before fisting far away from landmasses.