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‘Heavy Winds’ Expected To Knock Down ‘Wrong-Way’ Storms’ Chances For Further Development … Still, ‘Heavy Rains’ Expected This Weekend

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MIAMI — A low pressure system moving through the region could bring rain to parts of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Hispaniola over the weekend, forecasters said today.

As of 6 a.m., the system was over the central Caribbean Sea and was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said strong upper-level winds should limit the system’s development as it drifts north over the next few days.

It has a low chance (20 percent) of becoming at least a tropical depression within 48 hours and within five days.

However, forecasters said heavy rainfall is possible for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico regardless of the system’s development.


Satellite imagery and ship reports show the system has become “better organized” but strong winds are expected to prevent significant development.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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