Tropical system heading toward Caribbean is worth ‘watching closely’

A tropical depression is likely to form in the Caribbean Sea within the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.

The tropical wave is just east of the southern Windward Islands and has a 90 percent chance of forming into a tropical depression in the next five days as of 7 a.m. on September 21, 2022. It has a 70 percent chance to develop within the next two days. The system is moving west at 15 to 20 mph.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say they are watching the system closely. It is forecasted to bring heavy rain to northwestern Venezuela, Colombia and the ABC Islands later this week, regardless of how it develops.

Other systems in the Atlantic

Forecasters also are tracking four other systems in the Atlantic:

  • Hurricane Fiona
  • Tropical Storm Gaston 
  • Disturbance off the coast of Africa
  • Disturbance in the Atlantic

Hurricane Fiona, Tropical Storm Gaston and the disturbance by Africa’s coast won’t threaten Louisiana. Forecasters say it’s too early to accurately predict where the Caribbean disturbance could go if it develops.

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