Tropical wave becoming better organized as it approaches T&T, Caribbean


    The tropical wave approaching the Caribbean is becoming better organized and could become a tropical depression or tropical storm within the next couple of days.

    According to the latest bulletin from the National Hurricane Centre, this strong tropical wave, accompanied by a broad low pressure area located between Barbados and Tobago, is producing showers and thunderstorms.

    It is also producing winds to near tropical storm force in the eastern portion of the system.

    Further development is forecast as it moves westward and then northwestward across the Windward Islands and over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

    The system is then expected to turn northward, moving near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Tuesday.

    Regardless of development, heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds are likely over much of the Lesser Antilles during the next couple of days and will likely spread across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by Monday night or Tuesday.
    In T&T, an Orange Level Alert remains has been issued and will be active from 6am on Sunday to 8pm on Monday.

    Interests across the eastern Caribbean should monitor the progress of this disturbance since tropical storm watches and warnings could be required for portions of the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Sunday.

    * Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days…high…70 percent.