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MONTH EARLY? Hurricane Season Just Can’t Wait With Tropical System Set To Form This Weekend

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SAN JUAN — We’re still almost a month away from the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, so why are we already looking at tropical weather warnings?

A weak low pressure center forecast to develop near Cuba could prove interesting this weekend as it swirls westward into the Caribbean Sea.

We take a look at what this system may have in store – and whether or not we’ll be seeing an ahead-of-its-time tropical disturbance.

  • Heavy rain through the weekend for The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola
  • Lesser amounts – up to 5 inches of rainfall – expected east of Caribbean sea (Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, eastern Cuba)
  • Up to 10 inches possible, locally higher over mountainous terrain after low moves into Caribbean (Jamaica, western Cuba)
  • Slight potential for low pressure area to become a more organized storm; could be a named subtropical system
  • Moisture from this disturbance funnels up Atlantic coast through early next week, with some heavy rain possible for Florida and the Carolinas


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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