Weather system east of Martinique could become Emily later today

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Saturday July 30, 2011 – An elongated area of low pressure located about 350 miles east of Martinique continues to get better organised the National Hurricane Center said.

Heavey showers and thunderstorms associated with the system have close to a 90% of becoming a tropical cyclone forecasters said in a bulletin issued Sunday at 2 am Barbados time today.

Tropical storm warnings could be issued for portions of the northern Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands on very short notice the report said.

“A hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this morning” the National Hurricane Centre said.

The system is moving towards the west-northwest at 15 MPH and it is likely that a tropical depression or tropical storm will form later today.

Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University report that the 2011 hurricane season has been forecasted to have a well above average probability of United States and Caribbean major hurricane landfall.

Caribbean satellite image July 30

The season is expected to see about 9 hurricanes, 17 named storms and 5 major hurricanes with the fifth storm of the season named Emily. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)