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National Hurricane Center Says That It Is Watching Two Tropical Waves Coming Off The Coast Of Africa That Could Develop Into Bigger Storms

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MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center said that it was watching two tropical waves as they came off the coast of Africa.

The first tropical wave is located about 800 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce widespread showers and thunderstorms.

“Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for gradual development of this system, and a tropical depression could form early next week while it moves westward at around 15 mph across the tropical Atlantic,” the NHC said.

The NHC said that the system has a 20 percent chance of developing into a bigger storm within the next 48 hours and a 60 percent chance of storm formation within five days.

The second tropical wave is located between the west coast of Africa and the Cabo Verde Islands, is producing a large area of disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity.

“Some development of this system is possible over the next few days before upper-level winds become less favorable,” the NHC said.

The system is forecast to move westward at 10 to 15 mph across the far eastern tropical Atlantic for the next several days.

Its chance of developing into a bigger storm is 30 percent within the next 48 hours and about 40 percent over the next five days.


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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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