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CARIBBEAN 360 – Tropical Storm Danny is no more. What was up a storm as recently as 5 o’clock this morning is now a tropical depression moving over the southern Leeward Islands, bringing much needed rain.
And forecasters are monitoring two more systems, one of which has a good chance of becoming a tropical storm.
Tropical Depression Danny is expected to bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall – about two to four inches of rain over the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico – into tomorrow.
At 8 a.m., its maximum sustained winds had dipped to near 35 miles per hour. It was located about 20 miles south of Guadeloupe and moving towards the west at 12 miles per hour.
“On the forecast track, the center of Danny will continue to move across the southern Leeward Islands later this morning, and move into the northeastern Caribbean Sea later today . . . Further weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Danny is expected to degenerate into a remnant low later today,” the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.
Except for a tropical storm warning that remains in effect for Saba and St. Eustatius which may still get tropical storm conditions, all watches and warnings have been discontinued.
Forecasters are also still keeping their eyes on two more areas of interest that could develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm during the week.
Several hundred miles west of the Cape Verde Islands is an area of low pressure that is swirling westward. The NHC says there is a 90 per cent chance that the system, dubbed Invest 98-L, will develop into a tropical depression early this week.
By midweek, it may move near or north of the Leeward Islands. But, just like Danny, Invest 98-L will have to battle dry air and wind shear nearby as it tries to organize.
Behind that area of low pressure is a tropical wave that has moved off the west coast of Africa.
That has a low chance of developing over the next five days. By late week, that system should be located over the central Atlantic Ocean.