Tue Aug 18 2020 04:01 PM
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Visible image of 98L at 1745z on August 18, 2020

Invest 98L is a large, sprawling, monsoon-like depression, and as such, may be slow to get named, but then far more able to fend off attacks of any dry air, shear and land interaction down the road.

Initial model forecasts strongly suggest Florida may be in a direct threat, and this looks reasonable, but there is still a lot of time between now and when the system, possibly then a strong tropical storm if not a formidable hurricane, would be at that longitude.

As of 11PM ET August 19, Invest 98L is now a Tropical Depression, the thirteenth of the very active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the title has been updated accordingly.

THIRTEEN is producing winds to tropical storm force and the title has been updated accordingly.

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