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Territory Urged To Pay Attention To Tropical Storm Matthew This Week

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MIAMI — A well-organized tropical wave heading toward the Caribbean could become a tropical depression or storm later Tuesday (Sept. 27), forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said.

A Hurricane Hunter flight originating from St. Croix is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.

According to the 7 a.m. Tuesday update, the system is about 475 miles east-southeast of Barbados. The low is moving west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph.

It lacks a closed circulation, forecasters said, but environmental conditions are favorable for continued development. It has a high (90 percent) chance of developing within 48 hours.

The National Hurricane Center advised people in the eastern and central Caribbean Sea to monitor the system.

“Regardless of whether the system is a tropical wave or tropical cyclone, heavy rains and wind gusts to tropical storm force are expected to spread over the Windward Islands and portions of the southern Lesser Antilles, beginning tonight and continuing into Wednesday,” the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters also are watching a trough of low pressure in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico that’s drifting westward. Conditions are not expected to be conducive for development as it moves inland over Mexico in the next day or so, the advisory said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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