A cyclonic disturbance in the Caribbean, particularly in the French Antilles in Guadeloupe and Martinique, threatens to become the sixth tropical storm of the hurricane season in the Atlantic, the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.
“A gradual strengthening is expected over the next two days, and the disturbance is expected to turn into a tropical storm overnight,” the Miami-based NHC warned in its latest newsletter. The organization has issued warnings of a possible tropical storm for Guadeloupe and Martinique, as well as for Dominica, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.
Expected in the next few days
The tropical phenomenon was 65 km southeast of Dominica on Tuesday morning. It could strengthen over the next few hours in a tropical depression or tropical storm, according to a Météo France bulletin published at 6 a.m. in Paris.
Its west-northwest trajectory takes it across Dominica in a few hours, then this phenomenon should reach Puerto Rico on Tuesday evening. A tropical wave, located in the Atlantic center, should transit between Friday and Saturday over the West Indian arc.