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  • Florida ESF 18 Update - Tropical Depressions #13 and #14 - 08/20/2020

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    August 20, 2020
    Good Evening-
    Attached is the latest report from the state meteorology team regarding Tropical Depression #13 and Tropical Depression #14. As of this evening, Tropical Depression #13 appears to pose a direct threat to Florida.
    The SEOC is moving into a co-response posture as of 8:00am tomorrow. As such, we would like to hear from you regarding any unmet needs or ways that you are preparing. We will host a Private Sector and Industry call tomorrow, August 21, at 3:00pm (EST) during which we will provide an update on the storms. See below for call information.
    Tropical Depression #13 – Central Atlantic
    • Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, and TD 13 is likely to become a tropical storm on Friday.
    • TD 13 is forecast to become a hurricane by Monday.
    • The center of TD 13 will likely pass near or over the Peninsula on Monday, then near the Panhandle or Big Bend on Tuesday or Wednesday.
    Tropical Depression #14 – Central Caribbean
    • Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, and this system is expected to become a tropical storm later today or tonight.
    • The center of TD 14 will likely make landfall in the next 24 hours in Nicaragua or Honduras, then in Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday, then along the northwestern or central US Gulf Coast on Tuesday.
    Tropical Wave near the Coast of Africa
    • A tropical wave moving off the coast of Africa may gradually develop later this week.
    • The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 20% (low) chance of development over the next 48 hours and a 40% (medium) chance of development over the next 5 days.
    Please join us tomorrow, August 21, 2020 at 3:00pm (EST) for a Private Sector and Industry call during which we will provide an update on the storms.
    Conference Line: 888-585-9008
    Participant Code: 488-097-156
    In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
    This update is provided to you by ESF 18: Business, Industry and Economic Stabilization

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