Friday, June 25, 2010

Hurricane Center: 'High' chance Caribbean system turns into 'Alex' (UPDATED)

 See update below.

The National Hurricane Center this morning said there is a "high" chance that a tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea turns into the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

"Upper-level winds are gradually becoming more conducive for development as the low drifts slowly northwestward, and the system could become a tropical depression before it reaches the Yucatan Peninsula in a couple of days," the Hurricane Center said in an advisory released at 2 a.m. EDT.

The broad low-pressure system was located about 150 miles east-northeast of Cabo Gracias A Dios on the Honduras-Nicaragua border.

The Hurricane Center said there was 60 percent chance the system would turn into a tropical storm or hurricane — which would be named "Alex" — within the next 48 hours.

As for where the system is heading, it might be premature to look too far out, but here is what the latest projection map from Weather Underground shows:

As of 8 a.m. EDT, the Hurricane Center had upped the odds to 70 percent that this system would turn into Alex within 48 hours.

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