Tropical depression forms in western Caribbean

first_imgNewsRegional Tropical depression forms in western Caribbean by: – October 24, 2011 Tropical depression 18 five-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday, the centre of newly-formed tropical depression eighteen was located about 105 miles northeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border.According to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, the depression is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph. This general motion is expected to continue Sunday night, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest on Monday. On the forecast track, the centre of the depression is expected to pass north of the northeastern coast of Honduras during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is expected during the next day or two and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm Sunday night or Monday. The depression is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over eastern Honduras, with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches. These rains could cause flash flooding and mud slides over mountainous terrain. The government of Honduras has issued a tropical storm watch from Punta Castilla eastward to the Nicaragua border.Meanwhile, a broad low pressure area located several hundred miles east of the southern Windward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Development, if any, of this disturbance is likely to be slow to occur. This system has a low chance — 10 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves slowly west-northwestward. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) in Trinidad has advised that contrary to text messages that were apparently circulating on Friday, Trinidad and Tobago is not under any storm threat, watch or warning at this time.The ODPM said the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is monitoring the low pressure system and, if the system poses any serious threat, the public will be notified and informed.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 7 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img

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