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‘Heavy Rains, Winds’ Expected From Tropical Depression Two in Virgin Islands Monday

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MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of the Atlantic Ocean, including one that is a tropical depression.

There is no indication either one will form into a hurricane, much less one that will strike the Virgin Islands, according to the hurricane center.

A tropical depression is a low pressure area with thunderstorms that produce circular winds with a maximum speed of 39 miles per hour. It’s a step below a tropical storm.

The depression is located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles, southeast of the Caribbean Sea. The system is expected to move west and north, deteriorating before it approaches the Lesser Antilles, an arc of small islands in the Caribbean southeast of Puerto Rico.

But it could bring heavy rains and winds on Sunday and Monday to portions of the Leeward Islands, which include the Virgin Islands.

The hurricane center also is watching an area of showers and thunderstorms a few hundred miles southwest of Bermuda.

This system appears to be less organized, the center said, and the chances for a tropical depression to form are diminishing. It’s projected to move west and north, between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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