83.2 F
Cruz Bay
Sunday, August 7, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesNinth Storm of Season Heading Toward Caribbean

Ninth Storm of Season Heading Toward Caribbean

Aug. 4, 2005 –– Tropical Depression 9 is the newest storm on the forecaster's radar. It formed Thursday afternoon far out in the Atlantic Ocean.
"It's slowly expected to intensify," National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Diehl said Thursday from San Juan.
If it becomes a named storm, it will be Irene.
Diehl said that the margin of error is large for storms this far away from land so it's hard to predict just what path Tropical Depression 9 will take. He urged residents to continue watching the weather.
Currently, the storm is on a track that will take it northeast of the territory sometime late next week, but anything can happen between now and then.
Diehl said that a subtropical ridge coupled with effects from Tropical Storm Harvey, now located about 175 miles east of Bermuda, should steer Tropical Depression 9 away from the territory.
As of the 5 p.m. update, Tropical Depression 9 is centered at 12.7 degrees north latitude and 34.5 degrees west longitude. It is located about 695 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands.
The storm has winds of 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph.
It is moving to the west at 11 mph
The barometric pressure stands at 1009 millibars or 29.79 inches.
Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.
This hurricane season has shaped up to be a humdinger with eight named storms already history. By comparison, 2004's Tropical Depression 9 formed nearly a month later on Sept. 2. It became Hurricane Ivan, which terrorized Grenada, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, the western tip of Cuba, and the Gulf Coast states of Alabama and Florida. Winds hit 165 mph.
It killed 39 people in Grenada and 20 people in Jamaica. In the United States, it was the third costliest hurricane in history, with a price tag of $13 billion.
Back Talk

Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.



FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more