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Tropical depression likely to form this weekend near Bahamas
Published on August 23, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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By Caribbean News Now contributor

MIAMI, USA -- Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased in association with a small area of low pressure located just north of the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and the disturbance may develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm as it moves over the southeastern Bahamas.

However, satellite wind data and preliminary reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the circulation associated with the low was poorly defined.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, some additional development of this system was possible on Friday, but environmental conditions are expected to be more conducive for the development of a tropical depression or tropical storm when the disturbance moves near or over the southeastern Bahamas on Saturday.

Regardless of whether the system becomes a tropical cyclone, gusty winds and heavy rainfall were expected across Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Friday, and over portions of Hispaniola and the southeastern and central Bahamas Friday night and Saturday.

Interests in the southeastern and central Bahamas should monitor the progress of this disturbance, as tropical storm watches or warnings could be required with short notice.

Chances of a tropical cyclone forming are high (80 percent) during the next five days.
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