Low-pressure area in the Caribbean could develop further

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The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea (NHC)

HOLT, Fla., Oct. 24, 2017–A new area of low pressure has appeared in the western Caribbean.

Located near the Central American coast, this area of widespread cloudiness and showers is being watched by the National Hurricane Center.

While close proximity to land is likely to limit development of this system for the next day or two, environmental conditions are expected to be favorable for some development to occur as the system moves slowly northward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, according to the NHC.

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South Florida Water Management District

Current models show a general motion north with a turn northeast over Cuba, across the Bahamas and out into the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Other tracks take the system west across Central America.

Ocean temperatures south of Cuba remain warm with a moist atmosphere which could fuel further development should the system head north-northeast.

The center gives this area a 50 percent chance of further development through the next five days.

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Warm waters south of Cuba could feed the low-pressure system in the western Caribbean. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 

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