Tropical Depression 13 nears Northern Leeward Islands
The centre of Tropical Depression (TD) 13 is located about 750 miles (1205 km) east of the northern Leeward Islands.
Authorities in Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla have issued a tropical storm watch.
The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has forecast the depression to move near or north of the northern Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday.
TD 13 has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
Gradual strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to become Tropical Storm Laura later today.
The depression is expected to produce one to three inches of rain with isolated maximum totals of 5 inches over the northern Leeward Islands, and maximum totals of three to six inches over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through Sunday.
“The details of the long-range track and intensity forecasts are more uncertain than usual since the system could move over portions of the Greater Antilles this weekend. However, this system could bring some storm surge, rainfall and wind impacts to portions of Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Florida this weekend and early next week. Interests there should monitor this system's progress and updates to the forecast over the next few days,” NHC added.