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Weather Alert – Tropical Depressions Thirteen and Fourteen

Date  August 20, 2020

Location Central America, Mexico, United States Gulf and Southeast Coasts

Description Tropical Depressions Thirteen and Fourteen have formed in the Atlantic and Caribbean, respectively.

Tropical Depression Thirteen is currently located several hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands and could arrive in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands late Friday into Saturday, and the Bahamas, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico early next week. The intensity and track are currently uncertain, and it is too early to determine any mainland U.S. impacts.

Tropical Depression Fourteen is currently in the Caribbean and is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm later this week. It will impact Central America and Mexico before emerging in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Recommendation The Sensitech® Supply Chain Intelligence Center (SCIC) recommends shippers continue to monitor developments throughout the week and weekend and confirm if destination facilities in the area will be impacted and have alternate plans for secure staging locations outside of the storm’s path. The SCIC continues to strongly recommend that shippers and manufacturers utilize covert GPS tracking as part of a layered security program to mitigate the risk of theft. In the event cargo is stolen, the ability to provide real-time, accurate location coordinates to law enforcement is an essential component of a successful recovery.

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