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SHADES OF ‘WRONG-WAY LENNY?’ Forecasters Watching Tropical Disturbance That Could Affect The Territory This Week

CHRISTIANSTED — A tropical disturbance in the southwest Caribbean has an 80 percent chance of becoming a depression in the next four days, forecasters said today.
The National Hurricane Center said it will continue to watch a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean that could become a depression or named storm later this week.

Invest 90L was a large area of rain and storms associated with a broad area of low pressure over the southwest Caribbean as of noon CST Tuesday.

The low pressure system is expected to “meander” over the southwest Caribbean through the rest of this week and form into a depression possibly over the weekend, according to Jack Beven, a senior hurricane specialist.

Meanwhile, the system is brewing clouds and showers over the Caribbean, with isolated thunderstorms over Cuba.

“Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for slow development of this disturbance during the next several days,” Bevin said, “and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or over the weekend while the low moves little.”

Invest 90L was expected to drift northward over the weekend and could bring a lot of rain to Jamaica and Cuba.

The hurricane center gave Invest 90L an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next five days.

A storm has to have sustained winds of 39 mph and a closed circulation to be classified as a tropical storm and get a name.

The next name on the list is Otto.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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