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While tropical storms Paulette and Rene turn north toward the central Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center gave a system that is expected to move off the coast of Africa on Thursday afternoon a high chance of tropical development and suggested it might blow more directly westward, toward the Caribbean.
A broad area of low pressure about 700 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has become better organized and is moving across the Atlantic towards the Leeward Islands, demanding the attention of Virgin Islanders.
Subtropical Storm Andrea appears to pose no threat to the U.S. Virgin Islands, but is a timely reminder to finish hurricane preparations before the official beginning of the hurricane season on June 1.