The tropics in the Atlantic continue to heat up. In my last report, I advised those that have interest in the Carribeans and the Florida coast to keep an eye out on the possibility of a tropical cyclone developing and affecting these areas.
Shortly after Harvey made landfall in Central America, Tropical Storm Irene, the season’s ninth named storm forms just east of the Leeward Islands. Located 190 east of Dominica, Irene has winds of 50 mph and a central minimum pressure of 1006mb.
With a continued west-northwest motion, Irene, will affect the Carribeans including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Dominica Republic, and Haiti over the next few days eventually affecting Cuba and the U.S. Florida caost later next week.
Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Tropical storm force winds extend out about 120 miles north and east from center.
Irene is forecasted to develop into the season’s first hurricane on Monday just before reaching the Dominican Republic. It is then expected to weaken possibly back into a tropical storm as it travels across the terrains of Haiti, and Cuba before possibly strengthening before it reaches the coast of Florida.
Tropical storm conditions will spread across the Leeward Islands tonight through early Sunday, and the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Sunday afternoon.
Tropical Storm Irene will dump a general 4″ to 7″ of rain across these areas with isolated amounts up to 10″. Those that live along the coast could expect storm surge on the order of 1 to 3 feet.