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Tropical Wave Signals Possible Tropical Storm Earl In Caribbean

Impacting Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | August 01, 2016

Tropical Wave Signals Possible Tropical Storm Earl In Caribbean

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We have heard of tropical storms, hurricanes and even a tropical depression. But we never knew a tropical wave could be so alarming.

WFTV reports on news coming out of the National Weather Service that offers a spotlight on a 25-miler-per-hour wave that could very quickly evolve into Tropical Storm Earl.

The service actually posted an explanation and a couple of images to its Facebook page that illustrates a moving wave heading westward towards the Mexican peninsula.

That post follows below:

The post explains: “A strong tropical wave is moving quickly over the east-central Caribbean Sea on this Sunday night. The associated showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization, but there is still no evidence of a closed surface circulation. This system has the potential to become a tropical cyclone when the wave reaches the western Caribbean Sea in a couple of days.”

It will be another day or so before we know if this wave has turned into a major storm. But, as the post suggests, there will still be a great deal of wet weather for those in the area.

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The NWS continues, “The disturbance is expected to cause locally heavy rains and gusty winds over portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico tonight.”

By Monday, the NWS revised its stance and states that the previous intriguing wave continued to show strength and explained it did, “show signs of organization.”  

Anyone planning travel to the Cayman Islands should also make note of a storm that promises to loom in the area Monday evening.

WFTV’s Rusty McCraine explained, “The tropical wave looks very impressive this morning, and we have observations of tropical storm force winds on the northern and eastern side. I believe they will upgrade this disturbance to Tropical Storm Earl later today.”

As of this writing, we have a strong, quickly moving wave that is bringing with it wet weather to the islands in the western portion of the Caribbean.

We will have to wait a bit longer to see if it passes as such or becomes a much larger Tropical Storm Earl that could really bring a deluge of precipitation to those places in its path.


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