An alert has been issued for the British Virgin Islands warning residents that a “vigorous tropical wave” some 200 miles from the Leeward Islands is showing a greater promise of developing within the next 48 hours.
“Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased and become a little more concentrated this morning, and environmental conditions are forecast to gradually become more conducive for the development of a tropical depression or a tropical storm during the next day or so,” the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said.
The weather system is expected to pass near or north of the Virgin Islands late Tuesday into Thursday based on the present forecast, the DDM said.
It added that the tropical wave has a 50 percent chance of developing within two days.
The system is now producing what the DDM has described as “a large area of disturbed weather” across much of the western tropical Atlantic Ocean.
The DDM is continuing to encourage residents to monitor the system until it clears the area.
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