The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a tropical storm warning for potential tropical cyclone two approaching the southern Windward Islands.
The 5 p.m. update from the NHC said heavy rains are expected over the Windward Islands and
northeastern Venezuela Tuesday night and into Wednesday, with winds up to tropical storm-force over the southern Windward Islands late Tuesday.
The wave is located about 700 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands. It is moving west at 15 to 20 mph, expected to approach the islands on Tuesday and then move into the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Wednesday and Thursday.
The NHC gives the wave a 70% chance of developing in the next two days and a 90% chance in the next five.
A NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigated the system Monday afternoon.
“A NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft just investigated the tropical wave to the east-southeast of the Windward Islands and found that the system has not yet developed a closed circulation. However, the plane did find an area of tropical-storm-force winds over the northern portion of the system. The disturbance is producing some cells of strong convection, but overall the system is not very well organized,” the NHC Monday.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Grenada and its dependencies
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the Windward Islands, the northern coast of Venezuela, and the ABC Islands should monitor the progress of this system.
The 2022 hurricane season runs from June 1-Nov. 30 is predicted to be another above-normal year for storms following the 30 named storms of 2020 and 21 of 2021.