New Hurricane threat for Leeward and Virgin Islands

NOAA NHC Satillite Image

NOAA NHC Satillite Image

A developing tropical disturbance over the central tropical North Atlantic is forecast to become a tropical depression or a tropical storm today so tropical storm watches have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands. Max winds are currently estimated to be 30 knots (35 mph) as it moves westward.

The current NHC forecast tracks brings this system across the Leeward Islands in a few days and then near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  Environmental conditions will be favorable for strengthening during the next several days and this system could reach hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Leeward Islands.

In the longer-term this will pose a threat for Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the Bahamas and possibly portions of the US Southeast Coast.

NOAA NHC Forecast Track

NOAA NHC Forecast Track

 

 

 

 

About Fred Pickhardt

Fred Pickhardt, Marine Meteorologist

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. I have extensive experience in marine weather analysis, marine weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic marine weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.

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