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.