FLORIDA, United States, Tuesday September 27, 2016 – An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft that investigated the system that is about 300 miles east of Barbados found that it isn’t quite a depression yet.
But it’s producing winds to near tropical storm force, the thunderstorm activity continues to show signs of organization and conditions are expected to be favourable for development soon.
According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami, “a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form tonight or Wednesday.”
There is a 90 per cent chance of Tropical Storm Matthew forming within the next two days.
Regardless of whether the system is a tropical wave or storm, heavy rains and tropical-storm-force winds in squalls are expected to spread over the Windward Islands and portions of the southern Leeward Islands, beginning tonight and continuing through tomorrow.
The system is expected to pass over the Windward Islands tomorrow morning, and move over the southeastern Caribbean Sea late tomorrow and Thursday.
Interests in the Windward and southern Leeward Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, and along the northern coast of South America should monitor the progress of this disturbance.