Sept. 5, 2006 – Tropical Depression No. 6 became Tropical Storm Florence at the 11 a.m. update Tuesday and is on tap to become a hurricane.
Meteorologist Shawn Rossi at the National Weather Service in San Juan said the storm should pass 400 miles to the north of the territory Saturday.
"It's possible you'll see five-foot seas along the coast," he said, adding that the Virgin Islands could get some rain, but nothing more than what's normal for this time of year.
Rossi said forecasters are confident that Florence will stay on its current track, which keeps the Virgin Islands out of harm's way.
At the 5 p.m. update, Florence was centered at 17.4 degrees north latitude and 48.5 degrees west longitude — 960 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands.
Winds are at 45 mph, with gusts to 55 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward 125 miles, and the storm is moving to the west-northwest at 11 mph. The barometric pressure stands at 1003 millibars or 29.61 inches.
Rossi said that Tuesday afternoon's thundershowers were the result of a tropical wave moving through the area.
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