Tropical Storm Earl (07L) Continues Westward, Strengthens Slightly12.9N 52.5W
On August 23, a low pressure system moved off the East coast of Africa. Following Hurricane Danielle (06L)‘s path, it moved westward and rapidly organized. As it neared the Cape Verde Islands, the NHC stated there was a 90% chance of organization (click here for previous article).
Two days later on August 25, Tropical Depression 7 formed East of Hurricane Danielle. Later that day it was upgraded to Tropical Storm Earl. Unlike its predecessor, it is expected to follow a more southerly track.
After strengthening to a tropical storm, Earl maintained a minimum pressure of 1003 mbar and winds of 45 mph for nearly two days.
Recent reports place the center of Tropical Storm Earl near 16.0°N 47.9°W, about 1015 miles (1635 km) east of the northern Leeward Islands. Maximum sustained winds are estimated at 50 mph (85 km/h), with higher gusts. The minimum central pressure is estimated to be 1002 mbar (hPa; 29.59 inHg) and the storm is moving west at 20 mph (32 km/h).
A tropical storm watch is in effect for French Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, meaning that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within 72 hours. Residents in the remainder of the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Earl, as watches may be required for portions of these islands later today.