Guadeloupe lashed by heavy rains as tropical wave moves northwest

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MIAMI, United States, Thursday August 21, 2014, CMC – Heavy rains and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure were affecting the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Thursday, but meteorologists predict that the Bahamas could feel the brunt of the weather system over the weekend.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that the low pressure system was located about 275 miles east of Guadeloupe and had become a little better defined on Thursday.

The latest coordinates from the NHC place the system at 16.4N 57.7W. Invest 96L has increased speed slightly, currenty moving northwest at 22 mph.

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Forecast models for Invest 96L (Credit: Hamweather)

“However, the associated shower and thunderstorm activity remains limited and disorganized. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development during the next day or so, and a tropical depression could form while the system moves northwestward at around 22 mph across the Lesser Antilles”.

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NHC said that the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola could limit development during the first part of the weekend, but conditions are expected to become more conducive for development by Sunday when the system is forecast to move near or over the Bahamas.

“Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands through Friday, and over Hispaniola late Friday and Saturday,” the NHC said, adding “interests in those islands and in the Bahamas should closely monitor the progress of this disturbance”.

Meanwhile, the Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, said that due to the weather system, there would be the possibility of flight delays over the next two days.

It said that passengers travelling north of Antigua – Anguilla, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan, St. Thomas and Tortola are those most likely to be affected by the disruptions.