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Tropical Storm Teddy is expected to be a hurricane as early as Tuesday night and while its movement is currently uncertain, VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen said Monday that it was expected to resume a west-northwest track shortly.
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.
A storm system advancing across the Atlantic towards the Lesser Antilles was upgraded Tuesday to Tropical Depression 11, the National Hurricane Center reported.
With a system out in the Atlantic designated Tuesday as a tropical depression and heading towards the Caribbean, government officials have been moving to complete preparations, including making ready shelters in case the storm strengthens to hurricane status.
Invest 95-L, the low-pressure system moving across the Atlantic towards the Caribbean, could develop into a tropical depression by this weekend, and if it becomes Tropical Storm Josephine before Aug. 22 it will be the earliest "J" storm on record.
The storm known as Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Isaias as it passed through the U.S. Virgin Islands Wednesday night and Thursday morning, while a new system began the journey from the African coast towards the Caribbean.
The large storm with the unusual name – Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine – had not become better organized by shortly after midnight Wednesday, but was continuing to move on the U.S. Virgin Islands at a brisk 25 miles per hour.
The V.I. government will not distribute sandbags and does not plan to open shelters for the tropical weather system due to hit the territory Wednesday afternoon, VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen and Human Services Director Kimberley Causey-Gomez said.
The U.S. Coast Guard set Port Condition X-Ray at 2 p.m. Tuesday for all maritime ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, following a tropical storm warning for what has been dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone 9.
The U.S. Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey for the maritime ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday, due to possible sustained gale force winds, greater than 39 mph, arriving in the islands within 72 hours.
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