By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
August 21, 2014
While it is too early to say for sure that a hurricane will hit the Gulf Coast before the end of August, there may be a threat for the United States. Some of the Caribbean islands will feel the effects of a budding tropical system into this weekend.
As an area of disturbed weather that originated from Africa earlier this month moves westward into the Caribbean this weekend, gradual tropical development is possible.According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck, “This disturbed weather will move into a zone of more moist air, light winds aloft and warmer water over and just north of the Caribbean.”
This live satellite loop tracks the movement of the disturbance and shows the showers and thunderstorms approaching the Lesser Antilles.
Impact on Caribbean
Odds do not favor rapid development of the system through Friday but disruptions to travel and outdoor activities are possible.
The disturbance is picking up forward speed and will affect some of the Caribbean islands with torrential downpours and gusty squalls.
The downpours will raise the risk of flash flooding, road washouts and mudslides but can also ease dry conditions on some of the islands.
The Windward and Leeward islands will experience gusty winds and heavy showers through Friday. The British and U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico receive similar impacts Thursday night and continuing into the weekend.