Two new storms form in Atlantic, could threaten Florida, Gulf coast

Two new storms form in Atlantic, could threaten Florida, Gulf coast
Two new tropical depressions have formed in the Atlantic and could be on tracks toward the United States. (Source: National Hurricane Center)

(AP) - Two new tropical depressions formed Thursday in the Atlantic, and tropical storm watches were posted for several Caribbean islands and parts of Honduras.

The Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression 13 was likely to become a tropical storm on Friday and then skirt the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. The early, still uncertain track showed it potentially reaching Florida by Monday as a hurricane.

On Thursday, it was centered about 505 miles (815 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and it was headed briskly to the west-northwest at 21 mph (33 kph).

Tropical Depression 14 was forecast to graze the Atlantic coast of Honduras, then curve across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and potentially head for Texas or Louisiana coast. It is expected to become a tropical storm on Friday.

On Thursday, it was centered about 100 miles (165 kilometers) east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Honduras-Nicaragua border, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph). It was headed west at 17 mph (29 kph).

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