MIAMI, Florida, USA (sentinel.ht) – The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is asking that Caribbean nations, particularly those in the Lesser Antilles, those islands such as Saint Maarten, still reeling from Hurricane Irma, to closely monitor a disturbance forming in the tropics which threatens to become the 15th storm of 2017, over the next few days.
The uncertainty cone models for the storm depict the eye possibly making direct landfall into Puerto Rico by late Wednesday and the island of Hispaniola by early Friday morning as a hurricane. Although still only a tropical storm, it will bring heavy rains and winds to the Lesser Antilles who to the brunt of Hurricane Irma last week.
As well, the rapid intensification of Hurricane Irma while it was over the Atlanta, going from a tropical storm to a Category 5 in less than 48 hours, does indicate reason for heightened concern over these recent developments.
The NHC has asked for interested parties in the region of the Lesser Antilles, especially, to monitor the developments of this storm closely. For other Caribbean nations, the same is being suggested.