Forecasters continued to closely monitor a tropical disturbance over the open Atlantic Monday. The system, dubbed 97L, first caught the eye of meteorologists late last week, and they caution that further development is expected.
AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said the system bears watching for progression to a tropical depression and perhaps even the ninth named storm of the Atlantic season.
"We expect this feature to become a tropical depression, and [it] may go on to become Tropical Storm Imelda later this week," according to Kottlowski.
"Early indications suggest this feature will track east of the United States mainland, but it is way too early to say with confidence as to exactly where it will track beyond Friday," Kottlowski said.
Most of the heavy convection associated with a westward-moving tropical wave that impacted the Lesser Antilles Sunday evening through Monday is now west of the islands over the Caribbean Sea. However, parts of St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent, The Grenadines and Puerto Rico are still experiencing similar conditions. Bands of showers and thunderstorms are presently noted crossing over St Lucia (mainly south and west) and over parts of St Vincent, The Grenadines and Barbados.
Conditions will improve over those islands in the coming hours as the remaining convection pushes off to the west. The other islands in the Lesser Antilles can expect widely scattered showers as the entire region is still unstableFor more information, check the daily Tropical Weather Outlook, click here