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Tropical Depression 15 causes heavy rains over Netherlands Antilles

October 14th, 2008 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression 15 - October 13th, 2008Tropical Depression 15

Tropical Depression 15 - October 13th, 2008

Tropical Depression 15 - enhanced image

Tropical Depression 15 - enhanced image

On Monday, October 13th, an area of low pressure that had formed in the Caribbean was upgraded to a tropical depression. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, it could become a tropical storm by Tuesday evening since wind shear will be weakening and the water temperatures are very warm; a tropical storm watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the extreme eastern part of the Dominican Republic.

As of Tuesday morning, the center of Tropical Depression 15 was located about 565km (350mi) southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico and about 225km (140mi) north of Curacao. It is expected to change position very little through Tuesday, as it is moving southeast at only 4km/h (2mph), with maximum sustained winds of about 55km/h (35mph) and higher gusts.

It is currently causing heavy rainfall over the Netherlands Antilles, possibly leading to dangerous flash floods: 4 to 8 inches of total rainfall are expected, though as much as 12 inches are possible. These rains will spread over a wide area, from parts of the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands.

High Probability of Tropical Cyclone formation over Caribbean Sea

September 23rd, 2008 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Low Pressure centered over Dominican RepublicCaribbean

Low Pressure centered over Dominican Republic

Low Pressure - Image Enhanced

A broad area of low pressure centered over the eastern Dominican Republic has changed little in organization during the past several hours. However surface pressures are falling in the area and upper-level winds are expected to become a little more conducive for development.

This system has the potential to become a tropical depression at any time during the next day or two as it moves north or northwest away from Hispaniola. Heavy rainfall with potentially life-threatening flash flooding is expected to continue over the area through early Wednesday.

Interests in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas should continue to monitor the progress of this system and products issued by their local weather forecast offices.

source NOAA