By Caribbean News Now contributor
MIAMI, USA — A tropical wave located over the north-central Caribbean Sea is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms extending from Hispaniola northeastward across the northeastern Caribbean Sea and adjacent Atlantic waters.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, this activity is forecast to spread westward to west-northwestward, but strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent any significant development of this system during the next several days.
Environmental conditions could become more conducive when the system reaches the eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week.
Regardless of development, this system could produce enhanced rainfall across portions of Hispaniola, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands into early next week.
Meanwhile, forecasters are monitoring the development of potential tropical depression number six, which moved off the coast of Africa and is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h). This general motion with a gradual turn toward the west-northwest is expected to continue during the next few days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm during the next day or so.