Tropical Depression Josephine weakened into a trough of low pressure heading toward the northern Atlantic today and is no longer considered a threat to Bermuda.
But as we head into the peak hurricane season period, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center tracked two new tropical waves with potential for development on Sunday.
As of 5pm this evening, Josephine was located about 255 miles northwest of the northern Leeward Islands, and 175 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with maximum sustained winds of 35mph, the storm continued to move WNW at 1mph.
Forecasters say the remnants of Josephine are forecast to bend northeastward Tuesday and Wednesday — avoiding Florida, but putting Bermuda in its sights.
Isolated minor flooding is possible in Puerto Rico through Monday.
Meanwhile, Kyle, which was a tropical cyclone, weakened in both strength and forward movement speed, according to the NHC’s 5am advisory. It was last located about 545 southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph as the storm moved east and away from the US coast at 31mph.Image: National Hurricane Center
Forecasters said its “general motion is expected to continue through Monday” before it dissipates.
The hurricane center is also keeping a close eye on two other tropical waves making noise in the Atlantic.
The first, described as “fast-moving”, was producing a small area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms about 700 miles east of the Windward Islands, the NHC said.
“This system is expected to move westward at 20mph during the next few days, and that fast speed is likely to limit development while the system approaches the Windward and northern Leeward Islands today and Monday and moves across the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday”, forecasters said in a 2pm advisory on Sunday.
Favourable development conditions may be present during the middle to latter part of the coming week, the center said, with up to a 20 percent chance in the next 48 hours, and up to 40 percent in the next five days.
The second wave was producing a large area of clouds and showers west off the coast of Africa, and is expected to head west at 15 to 20mph in the next few days, the NHC said.
The chances of formation within the next hours are near 0 percent, but up to 40 percent in the next five days.
Another tropical wave has formed just off the coast of West Africa, heading west. But it not expected to develop significantly within the next 48 hours.