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The Atlantic basin is crowded with activity, as five tropical weather systems in varying stages of development dot the ocean, along with another pair of systems in the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
Rains from tropical storms Isaias and Laura dramatically improved drought conditions in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, signaling the apparent end of a severe drought that has hurt farmers and browned the landscape since January.
A tropical depression is likely to develop from a low-pressure system designated Invest 99-L crossing the eastern Caribbean, the National Hurricane Center reported Sunday.
The approach of Tropical Storm Laura prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to declare Port Condition Zulu Friday morning, closing the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and the National Weather Service to issue a tropical storm warning and coastal flood and high surf warnings.
At 11 p.m. Wednesday the tropical weather system known as Invest 98-L was upgraded to Tropical Depression 13, the National Hurricane Center reported.
A broad area of low pressure about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, which has been designated as Invest 98-L, is producing a concentrated area of showers and thundershowers.
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.
Tropical Storm Josephine continued passing some 200 or more miles north of St. John, the National Hurricane Center reported Saturday night, far enough north that it posed no danger to the Virgin islands, although the agency advised residents to keep an eye on the storm.
While Tropical Depression Eleven had not reached tropical storm status as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, it continued on a path to the west, moving at 15 miles per hour on a path that will bring it very near the Virgin Islands.