Update on weather system over the Lesser Antilles

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Update on weather system over the Lesser Antilles

18 August, 2017

"We're now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form", said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

It made its way north from the Caribbean, but did not make landfall in the United States, instead tracking the eastern seaboard before heading north-east where it has turned into an Atlantic depression.

A low pressure system near the Caribbean Sea could become a tropical depression later Thursday (Aug. 17), according to the National Hurricane Center.

Environmental conditions appear generally conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form later today or tonight as the system moves westward at about 15 miles per hour.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines while a tropical storm watch has been issued for Dominica.

Feature three: A tropical wave over western Africa is forecast to emerge over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.

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The second is several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph.

The third and newest wave is now the furthest east, but it also has a 40% chance of gradual development over the next 5 days with conditions in the Main Development Region expected to be conducive for the slow development.

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"Nothing severe is expected but given this August so far, it's just a bit disappointing, since the kids have broken up, it's turned a bit more unsettled". It does not look to be an immediate threat to the U.S. Shear winds are expected to hamper its development, said meteorologist Shea Gibson, of WeatherFlow, a Charleston-based company. It grows slightly to 50 percent in the next five days.

"It's very uncertain, once this system comes through we will have a lot more confidence about how things will play out".

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