According to the forecasters, the tropical depression that formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday morning, September 14, 2022, could turn into a tropical storm later in the day or the next day. If the depression turns into a tropical storm, it will be named Fiona.

The National Hurricane Center, in its 11 am advisory, said that the location of the depression was 805 miles east of the Leeward Islands near the south-eastern Caribbean Sea. It also revealed that the depression was moving west at a speed of 14 mph. The highest wind speed for the depression was 35 mph at the time.

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According to the NHC, the depression will reach the Leeward Islands by Friday, September 16 and will reach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the weekend. It also maintained that Tropical storm watches could begin as early as Wednesday.

The Atlantic hurricane season is in its halfway path and only five storms have been named till now. According to AccuWeather, no hurricane has come near the East Coast or Gulf Coast this season.

According to the forecasters, dry air, wind shear and Saharan dust have all played a role in the lack of storms in 2022. While if this storm forms, it would be named Fiona, the next storm that forms will be named Gaston. Meanwhile, the storm before Fiona was named Earl and it never formed as the depression dissipated last Sunday. Earl was also the first Category 2 hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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This is the first time since 2014 that a major hurricane is yet to form till September 11. The last time it happened, Edouard became a Category 3 storm on September 16, 2014. August 2014 was also relatively quiet, as the month did not witness any storm that was named. This is the third time since 1961 that something like this has taken place.

The 2022 hurricane season will conclude on November 30.