Caribbean bracing for next ‘wave’

A
tropical system forming in the eastern Caribbean has a
60 per cent
chance of turning into a tropical depression or more serious tropical storm by
Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

An
Air Force reconnaissance mission into the system is scheduled for Thursday.

Forecast
models show the tropical wave moving into the Bahamas and across southern
Florida this weekend and then re-emerging into the north-eastern Gulf of
Mexico.

 The system has already spawned widespread showers
and thunderstorms in Dominican Republic and parts of Haiti as it moves WNW at
about 10 mph.
Forecasters said the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic,
Haiti, eastern Cuba, the south-eastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos can expect heavy
rainfall and gusty winds Thursday and Friday. The hurricane center warns the
heavy rain could cause flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas.
If the system becomes a tropical depression, it would be the third of the 2010
hurricane season. If it becomes a Tropical storm it would be named Tropical
Storm Bonnie.

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