Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tropical wave rains lash Caribbean islands

At least four Caribbean islands were yesterday lashed by heavy rains from a tropical wave located east of the Windward Islands. The heavy rains, accompanied by lightning and thunder, affected the islands of St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Barbados.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that "cloudiness and showers would continue in association with the tropical wave". It said that upper level winds were expected to remain unfavorable for the development of the system for the next couple of days, but that "regardless of development locally, heavy rainfall and gusty winds will affect the Windward Islands during the next day or so as the wave moves westward at 15 to 20 miles per hour".

"There is a low chance, less than 30 per cent, of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours," the NHC said. However, if the system develops into a tropical storm with winds of 29 to 73 miles per hour, it would be called Ana - the first named storm of this year's hurricane season that ends on November 30.

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