Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Late season tropical wave strengthening near Lesser Antilles

Late season tropical wave strengthening near Lesser Antilles

The large swatch of rough weather about 200 miles east of the eastern rim of the Caribbean Sea has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days, down from an 80 percent chance earlier in afternoon on Monday.

A tropical wave in the Atlantic could possibly strengthen into a sub-tropical cyclone by midweek, according to John McMichael, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Ruskin. Chances of ran range from 20 to 40 percent much of the week.

Forecasters are monitoring a "vigorous tropical wave" near the Leeward Islands that has a 50-50 chance of developing into a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Patty later this week.

It is forecast to move westward to west-northwestward for the next few days, passing near or north of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the southeastern Bahamas.

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The Carolinas are still recovering and tallying the damage from hurricanes Florence and Michael, which between the two brought flooding from the coast to the mountains. "As it treks, it's going to steer the storm north and away". This weather disturbance isn't expected to be a major hurricane. Strong wind shear can shred apart tropical storms or hurricanes.

While Caribbean countries have been spared for most of the 2018 hurricane season, heavy rains in several countries have led to floods, landslides and millions of dollars in damage.

- The end of hurricane season is quickly approaching, but it looks like we'll probably end up adding one more named storm to the tally for the 2018 season.

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