A disturbance in the eastern Atlantic Ocean is being monitored by Saint Lucia officials, in the face of reports that it could develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next several days.
The Weather Channel said on its official website Friday that the disturbance does not appear to be a significant threat to the Windward Islands or the Caribbean next week.
“This area of low pressure, known as a tropical wave, was located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, roughly 2,000 miles east of the Windward Islands, moving westward at 15 to 20 mph,” the website said.
It reported that the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) had assigned a low chance that the area of disturbed weather could eventually strengthen into a tropical depression over the next few days.
Saint Lucia meteorological officials told St Lucia Times that although they are keeping an eye on it, over the next few days the disturbance will enter an environment that is not conducive for development.
They have estimated that there is about a twenty percent chance of any development.
The Weather Channel said even if a tropical depression or storm does form in the next few days, current forecast guidance suggests it won’t last long.
According to the report, it may eventually move across either the northern coast of South America or the Windward Islands as one of many tropical waves that do so each hurricane season, producing just an uptick in shower activity and some occasionally gusty winds.