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After a relatively quiet week in the Atlantic basin, forecasters are now engaged in monitoring two new systems on the radar which are set for development later this week.
Both systems, given their location at this time, do not pose a direct threat to the Cayman Islands.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said on Monday, the first system, a tropical wave, is located about 350 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and is producing an area of showers and a few thunderstorms.
“Some slow development is possible during the next day or two while the system moves west-northwestward at about 15 mph toward the Lesser Antilles. Strong upper-level winds are expected to limit further development on Tuesday,” the NHC said.
Although the NHC has given this system a 20% chance of formation through five days, it says, regardless of development, the system could produce locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds across portions of the central and northern Lesser Antilles on Tuesday, and across the Virgin Islands and Leeward Islands on Wednesday.
Meanwhile the NHC said, shower and thunderstorm activity associated with another tropical
wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea has decreased since Sunday.
“Environmental conditions are not expected to support development of this system for the next day or two. However, some gradual development is possible beginning on Wednesday when the system nears the southeastern Bahamas,” the NHC said.
The NHC said, regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola during the next couple of days.
Forecasters have given this system a formation chance of 20% through five days.