TRACKING THE TROPICS: Fast-moving wave entering eastern Caribbean Sea

MIAMI —The National Hurricane Center confirms that showers and thunderstorms associated with the strong fast-moving tropical wave entering the extreme eastern Caribbean Sea are disorganized. The satellite data and surface observations indicate no signs of a closed surface circulation, according to NWS.

The scientists said that some gradual development is still possible in the next couple of days. The chance for the cyclone formation should increase after the wave reaches the western Caribbean Sea.

The chance of the cyclone formation increases to 70 percent in the next five days.

It may bring heavy rains and gusty winds to the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico Sunday. These conditions will reach Hispaniola Monday.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect right now for coastal areas of the US and its Territories.


According to Storm Team 8’s Ian Oliver, the storm will likely have little if any impact on Tampa Bay area.

“The consensus among forecast models for the track of Invest 97L is several hundred miles south of Tampa Bay towards the Yucatan Peninsula and southern Gulf. It’s of course something to watch evolve over the next 3-5 days just in case but at this point it’s of little concern for folks in our area.”

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