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Tropical Storm Karen Threatens Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Written by Wiredja Source: National Hurricane Centre
  • Published in Weather
The twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago is no longer under a direct threat from Tropical Storm Karen which formed early Sunday and a warning has been discontinued for that country. However a tropical storm warning has been issued for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, along with Grenada and its territories, the National Hurricane Center said today.
Karen is moving west-northwest at 13 mph with maximum wind speeds of 40 mph and is about 60 miles north of Grenada, and 85 miles west-southwest of St. Vincent, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center on Sunday afternoon, which stated that “no significant strengthening is expected” over the next 48 hours.

A tropical storm warning, indicating that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 12 hours, is already in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada and its dependencies, according to the National Hurricane Center. A tropical storm warning is no longer in place for Trinidad and Tobago.

Tropical storm watches have been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra and the British Virgin Islands while tropical storm warnings remain in effect for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as the storm’s projected path takes it into the Southern Caribbean Sea today.

Forecasters say the southern Windward Islands will continue to deal with tropical storm force winds and heavy rainfall throughout Sunday night.The center of the storm is moving into the Southeastern Caribbean sea as of 2 p.m. on Sunday and is forecasted to move “across the eastern Caribbean Sea Sunday night and Monday.”

Karen is then expected to “approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands” on Tuesday and could cause flash flooding on these islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is not expected to grow in strength in the next two days, and current tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.

Farther west, a tropical wave has moved off the African coast in the Atlantic and is expected to become a tropical depression possibly today.

A tropical wave is an elongated area of low pressure that when over the tropical waters of the Atlantic or Caribbean can form into circulating storms that can become tropical depressions, tropical storms and then hurricanes. The next named storm would be Tropical Storm Lorenzo.

“Satellite imagery indicates that a broad area of low pressure has formed in association with a strong tropical wave over the far eastern Atlantic,” forecasters said at 2 p.m. "The associated thunderstorm activity continues to show signs of organization, and a tropical depression or tropical storm is expected to form later today or tonight while the system moves generally westward over the eastern tropical Atlantic at 15 to 20 mph. .

The hurricane center said the Cabo Verde Island should monitor the progress of this disturbance.

“Regardless of development, this system is likely to bring locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of the southern Cabo Verde Islands,” forecasters said.