Friday, October 12, 2012

Two Atlantic systems pop up; Florioda unlikely to notice

Two small tropical systems have popped up on the map this week, fairly close to Florida, but neither storm is expected to have much of an effect on our weather.

Patty, sitting about 260 miles east of the Bahamas, has been nearly stationary since forming Thursday. It was downgraded Friday to a tropical depression and is expected to dissipate by Sunday.

The newer system, Tropical Storm Rafael, is about 125 miles west of Dominca with sustained winds of 40 mph. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Caribbean including all the Virgin Islands, Barbuda, St, Kitts, Nevis, St. Maartin, St. Lucia and Puerto Rico. Rafael is moving north-northwest at about 12 mph. It's supposed to continue its northerly track, eventually heading over Bermuda and into the northern Atlantic.