The National Hurricane Centre continues to monitor three disturbances; one in the Caribbean Sea and two in the Atlantic. Disturbance 2 is the focus as it has the potential to impact the BVI around late Friday currently as a tropical depression or tropical storm. Disturbance 3 has not exited the African Coast leaving time for the system to be monitored.
Residents should continue to monitor the systems crossing the Atlantic as we are moving into the peak period of the hurricane season and be prepared to take action if required.
TROPICAL DISTURBANCE 1
Tropical Disturbance 1 is in the Eastern Caribbean Sea and is not a threat to the British Virgin Islands. It has a 40 percent chance of development as it continues moving west.
TROPICAL DISTURBANCE 2
Tropical Disturbance 2/Invest 98L is located 1050 miles east of Barbados along 44W. It is moving to the west at 18 mph. There still appears to be multiple spins with the disturbance within a larger area of elongated low pressure. So, the disturbance remains poorly organized at this time. Most of the thunderstorms are occurring across the western portion of the disturbance.
Regardless of development, the system is expected to cause heavy squalls with wind, at least in gusts, to tropical storm strength from the northern Lesser Antilles through Puerto Rico from late Friday into Saturday.
TROPICAL DISTURBANCE 3
Disturbance 3 has not moved the coast of Africa but however there are visible showers and thunderstorms associated with this system. We will continue to monitor this system as it progresses. Currently it has a 20 percent change of formation in five days.
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