By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA — A broad low pressure system located a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands is forecast to move slowly westward to west-northwestward across the eastern tropical Atlantic for the next several days.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form by late this week or this weekend.
The chance of a tropical cyclone forming during the next five days is estimated to be high (90 percent).
Meanwhile, Florence has become the third hurricane of the Atlantic season.
Hurricane Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through Wednesday. A slower northwestward motion is forecast to begin Thursday and continue through the weekend.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h), with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected through Tuesday night, but weakening is forecast to begin on Wednesday and continue through Friday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the centre, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km).