Invest 97L is presently affecting the Virgin Islands while Invest 96L gradually moves westward.
Showers and thunderstorms associated with a strong and fast-moving tropical wave (Invest 97L) now entering the extreme eastern Caribbean Sea are disorganized, while satellite data and surface observations indicate no signs of a closed surface circulation. Although some gradual development of this system is possible during the next couple of days, the chance for tropical cyclone formation should increase after the wave reaches the western Caribbean Sea in a couple of days. This tropical wave is expected to continue producing locally heavy rains and gusty winds to portions of the Virgin Islands today. These conditions should spread westward across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea tonight and reach Hispaniola on Monday.
Disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity associated with another tropical wave (Invest 96L) located nearly 700 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has changed little in organization. This system should continue moving westward at 10 to 15 mph, and development is unlikely due to unfavorable upper-level winds.
Residents are urged to make seasonal preparations as we move into the period of high tropical cyclone activity. The Department of Disaster Management will continue to monitor the systems and advise the public accordingly. Please visit our website at www.bviddm.com and subscribe for updates or join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bvi.ddm/