Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Hurricane Centre monitoring tropical wave heading west

Photo courtesy NHC.

Photo courtesy NHC.

[Update: Tuesday, August 11, 9 pm]

Tropical Depression 11 has formed.

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[Update: Monday, August 10, 9 am]

The chances of a tropical depression forming increased overnight.

he next named system would be Josephine.[Original story: Sunday, August 9, 2.30 pm]

A tropical wave located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands could become a tropical depression during the next few days while it moves westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean towards the Caribbean.

The US National Hurricane Centre said in an update Sunday that the system has a medium chance of developing over the next few days:

‘Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization.’

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‘However, satellite-derived wind data from earlier this morning indicated that the circulation remains elongated.  Environmental conditions appear conducive enough to support additional development of this system, and a tropical depression could form during the next few days while it moves generally westward at 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic.’

‘Conditions are likely to become less conducive for development late this week. Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 per cent. Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 per cent.’

The public is urged to follow their local meteorological agencies for further updates.

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