24th August 2019 at 11:00 AM – The National Hurricane Centre has upgraded the disturbance/Invest 99L to a tropical depression.
According to information from the NHC the centre of newly formed Tropical Depression Five was located near latitude 10.4 North, longitude 47.9 West. The depression is moving toward the west near 12 mph and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Sunday, and that motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is expected to be near the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday next week.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later tonight or on Sunday.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1010 mb.
Impact on the British Virgin Islands
No information at this time.
What to do
Keep monitoring the system as it progresses further eastward for any change in its path and intensity.
Review your family plans and check for items you may need, check your homes, shutters, drainage paths or specific areas. This is will avoid trying to do and remember certain activities at last minute.
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Image courtesy of the NHC
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