Tropical Depression 15 causes heavy rains over Netherlands Antilles
On Monday, October 13th, an area of low pressure that had formed in the Caribbean was upgraded to a tropical depression. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, it could become a tropical storm by Tuesday evening since wind shear will be weakening and the water temperatures are very warm; a tropical storm watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the extreme eastern part of the Dominican Republic.
As of Tuesday morning, the center of Tropical Depression 15 was located about 565km (350mi) southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico and about 225km (140mi) north of Curacao. It is expected to change position very little through Tuesday, as it is moving southeast at only 4km/h (2mph), with maximum sustained winds of about 55km/h (35mph) and higher gusts.
It is currently causing heavy rainfall over the Netherlands Antilles, possibly leading to dangerous flash floods: 4 to 8 inches of total rainfall are expected, though as much as 12 inches are possible. These rains will spread over a wide area, from parts of the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands.