National Hurricane Center releases first official track for developing system

Tracking the Tropics

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The National Hurricane Center released its first official track forecast for a system that is likely to form into a tropical storm..

The low pressure system is moving west in the Atlantic Ocean has a 90-percent chance of forming into a Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 over the next five days, NHC said.

If the storm strengthens enough, it would be “Isaias.”

As of Tuesday at 11 a.m., the system is 585 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and doesn’t have a well-defined center. There are maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The 11 a.m. update from NHC revealed a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tropical Storm warnings are also in effect for places like St. Maarten, Saba, St. Kitts and Antigua.

“A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours,” NHC said.

NHC said data from a NOAA buoy indicates the system is “producing winds near tropical-storm-force.”

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is slated to inspect the system Tuesday afternoon.

The Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico can expect heavy rainfall regardless of the system’s development, NHC said.

Any impact on the U.S. wouldn’t occur until the weekend.

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