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Tropical Storm Cristobal-to-Be Gathers Strength in Caribbean

By    |   Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 06:59 AM

A tropical storm system just outside the southeastern Caribbean has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center announced on its Facebook page. If it makes the grade, the storm would be named Cristobal.

 


"Gradual development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph across the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea," said AccuWeather meteorologist Bob Smerbeck, USA Today reported.

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"The Lesser Antilles will experience gusty winds and heavy showers Thursday night through Friday while it's possible that the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico receive similar impacts over the weekend."

If the storm becomes a tropical cyclone (the generic term for tropical depressions and hurricanes), it will count as the third cyclone of the Atlantic season, and be given a name, Cristobal. The last Atlantic hurricane, Bertha, formed from a similar easterly wave in the tropical part of the ocean.

The Washington Post reported that storms emerging from this particular area "have a wide range of outcomes, both in terms of track and intensity." Tracks could lead it to the shores of Mexico or all the way up to New York, and potential intensity ranges from tropical depression to Category 4 hurricane.

The more land it tracks over, particularly larger bodies of land like Cuba and Hispaniola, the less likely it is to become a more intense storm. The more water it traverses, the more likely it is to pick up in both speed and volume.

Based on Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) and seasonal timing of tropical storm Cristobal, the Atlantic hurricane season is shaping up to be an altogether average one.

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A tropical storm system just outside the southeastern Caribbean has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center announced on its Facebook page. If it makes the grade, the storm would be named Cristobal.
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