NWS monitoring 2 disturbances in Atlantic

With tropical waves brewing, meteorologist calls for citizens to update hurricane season emergency plans

By Pedro Correa Henry

Twitter: @pete_r_correa

Special to The Star

As Puerto Rico moves deeper into hurricane season, National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist José Álamo urged islanders on Tuesday to check up on their emergency plans as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) monitors two disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean that have low formation chances in the next 48 hours.

In the case of the first tropical wave, Álamo told The STAR that island residents should expect “showers with some gusty winds starting late Wednesday [today] and during the day on Thursday.”

“Sea conditions will deteriorate and become dangerous, the risk of sea currents will be high,” the meteorologist said. “With these expected rains, there is a possibility of flooding, particularly urban and creek flooding.”

“We always call on residents to keep in sight the most recent reports from both the NWS and the NHC,” Álamo added.

Álamo further urged islanders to be aware of flood-prone areas and store any objects that are susceptible to gusts to avoid mishaps in the neighborhood.

“We’re in the hurricane season, so it is important to keep those emergency plans in check as these events are bound to happen and some could be stronger than others,” he said. “One should be prepared and check in with their families in case something worse were to happen.”

The NHC reported that disorganized showers and thunderstorms continue in association with a tropical wave located over the tropical Atlantic, about 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

“Some slow development of this disturbance is possible later this week and this weekend while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph, likely reaching the Lesser Antilles by Wednesday night,” the center said. “Formation chance through 48 hours … low … 30 percent; formation chance through 5 days … medium … 40 percent.”

As for the second disturbance, the NHC reported at press time that shower activity associated with a tropical wave located about 800 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde islands had become a little better organized since Monday.

“Additional slow development of this system is possible during the next several days as it moves generally west-northwestward at about 20 mph,” the center said. “Formation chance through 48 hours … low … 10 percent; formation chance through 5 days … low … 20 percent.”

Regarding the second tropical wave, press reports stated that shower activity is expected Saturday.

At press time, Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Bureau Acting Commissioner Nino Correa said he is working along with Public Safety Secretary Alexis Torres and other government agencies with a focus on the two disturbances nearing the island.

“We’re in the hurricane season and we remain attentive and watchful amid the nearing of two tropical waves,” Correa said.

He added that his office is staying in close contact with regional directors of the municipal emergency management offices and mayors regarding any development.

Torres, meanwhile, urged residents “to be prepared with supplies and up-to-date family plans not only for this week, but for the entire season.”

“We must have our backpacks ready in case of earthquakes and keep an eye on the NWS bulletins,” he said.

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