Published: Tue, September 27, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Potentially "dangerous" system has 90% chance of tropical development


With Karl having passed Bermuda and losing its storm status, eyes are now on a potential Tropical Storm Matthew that could move into the Eastern Caribbean this week.

It has a 90 percent chance over the next five days.

Continued strengthening was expected, forecasters said, and the system - which would be named Matthew - could form into a tropical depression later this week as it continues to move west/northwest at around 15-20 miles per hour.

The tropical weather outlook is for disorganized showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located about 1000 miles west-southwest of Cabo Verde Islands moving westward at around 20 mph.

The path shows it is projected affect the Windward Islands, the southeastern and south-central Caribbean Sea, as well as the northern coast of South America.

Even if no storm develops, forecasters warned that parts of the region, from the Windward Islands to the Lesser Antilles, could get hit with high winds and heavy rain beginning late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

So far, 2016 has been the Year of the Fish Storm in the Atlantic Basin. Forecasters said what's left of the storm had some tropical storm force winds, but the centre appeared elongated and was expected to weaken to a trough of low pressure.

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