Potential hurricane in Atlantic

Speaking with MiyVue.com on Monday, Elmo Burke, senior meteorologist at the Met. Office, based on the grounds of the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, indicated its potential for further development over the next few days.

Burke explained, “We are monitoring it, because it is showing signs that it will develop. However, it’s a bit far away from the island chain at the moment, so we are keeping our eyes on it to see whether or not it will curve and go north of the islands, or move through the island chain later.”

He continued, “As it develops into a depression and the models start to resolve it better, then we would be in a better position to say whether or not it would come through the island chain. By Wednesday, for sure, we would have a better idea, as to what is going to happen.”

He told MiyVue.com that once there is an area of weather disturbance in the Atlantic, the Met Office will monitor it progress, Burke indicated. “We’ll update the public in a timely manner, if we are going to be under threat,” he assured.

According to Stacey Stewart, senior hurricane specialist at the US National Hurricane Center in Miami, “Environmental conditions appear conducive for development during the next few days, and a tropical depression will likely form by the middle of the week.”

Currently, the area of disturbed weather is tracking westward to west-north-westward at about 15 mph. The US-NHC predicts a 70 percent chance of development during the next five day.

Burke encourages residents and citizens to monitor local weather reporting on the disturbed area of weather, to obtain the information most relevant to St. Kitts and Nevis.

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