New tropical depression could form Friday

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, August 31, 2007 – Residents of Barbados and the southern Windward Islands are being advised to closely monitor the progress of a “well organised area of low pressure” accompaning a tropical wave just east of the islands.

At 0500am EST the wave was located about 300 miles east-southeast of Barbados travelling westward at 15mph.

“A tropical depression could form later this morning,” Dr Richard Knabb, a senior hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Centre said Friday.

“Regardless, as the system passes throught the Windward Islands later today and tonight it will be accompanied by showers and thunderstorms and winds with gusts to tropical storm force. Interested in the Windward Islands should continue to monitor the progress of this system.”

Satellite measures from NOAA show that the system has intensified to or close to tropical depression stage. A hurricane hunter aircraft has been sent to investigate it.

Computer tracking models bring the system across the southern Windward Islands over the weekend.