Depression not currently expected to become Tropical Storm

Current track of TD4

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services today issued an “alert” after Tropical Depression 4 formed in the Atlantic.

But the Met Office says the depression is not currently expected to become a tropical storm.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the center of Tropical Depression Four was located near latitude 13.2 North, Longitude 42.6 West.

The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph (33km/h).

A continued west-northwestward motion with an additional increase in forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts.

Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is not currently expected to become a tropical storm.

TD4 image

Meanwhile, the Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) and the Director of the Met Office at the Airport reported to Cabinet on the brewing weather system in the Atlantic.

The climatologist reported that the system is very weak and not well organized; further, it is headed in a northerly direction away from land. In all likelihood, Antigua and Barbuda is likely to experience intermittent showers on Saturday and Sunday, but very little wind, the Cabinet was told.

Despite the improbability of a tropical storm striking Antigua and Barbuda, the NODS said it was in a state of readiness.

The Director encouraged all households to prepare, anyway, by ensuring that batteries, flashlights, transistor radios, stand-by power plants and other preparedness systems are in place in homes and businesses.


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