(CMR) The National Hurricane Center in Miami is now monitoring two areas of disturbances that, if developed, could become a threat to the Caribbean. One of the systems could develop within the next 48 hours; however, meteorologists said the other has a low chance of developing.
According to the Hurricane Center, showers and thunderstorms have become more concentrated Monday morning in association with a low-pressure system located about 150 miles east of Barbados. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive to additional development. A tropical depression is likely to form later today or tonight while the low moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.
The disturbance is forecast to reach portions of the Lesser Antilles tonight, then move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, and be near Hispaniola around the middle of this week. Tropical storm watches or warnings could be required today with shorter-than-normal lead times for portions of the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. In addition, heavy rains and flooding are likely for the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
The system has a 70 percent chance of forming into a tropical storm over the next 48 hours.
Meantime, the Hurricane Center said disorganized showers and thunderstorms associated with an elongated low-pressure area located several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles had changed little. Development of this system is becoming less likely during the next few days while it moves toward the west or west-southwest at around 10 mph.