Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 01, 2021 (SKNIS): Tropical Storm Elsa has formed in the Atlantic while another system is being monitored.
Invest 95L has since developed into Tropical Storm Elsa and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, Martinique, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Guadeloupe.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
National Disaster Coordinator Abdias Samuel, announced during the virtual forum series ‘Leadership Matters’ on June 29, that two tropical waves had been identified in the Atlantic Ocean named Invest 95L and Invest 97L and were being monitored.
He said that “Invest 95L which is a tropical wave that is 650 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is presently travelling at 20 to 25 miles per hour which is likely to reach the Lesser Antilles by Wednesday night.”
He continued, “Invest 95 could bring heavy rainfall to parts of the Lesser Antilles within the next few days, however, please note that the chance of this forming into a storm is 20 to 30 percent.”
He said that due to the nature of the tropical wave, there could be minimal impact to the Federation as it will be passing south of the islands.
The National Disaster Coordinator said, however, that “weather is dynamic and things may change from hour to hour.” He is advising citizens and residents to be prepared.
“The second system identified as Invest 97 is a tropical wave located 900 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and it continues to show signs of organisation, however, the system may develop within the next few days as it travels west-northwest at 20 miles per hour,” Mr. Samuel said.
“The chance for its formation is approximately 20 to 40 percent within the next five days,” he said.