Invest 94L, an area of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean that could affect Puerto Rico during the next few days, increased its probability of development to 80% although it continues without a defined circulation center.
According to the 8:00 am bulletin from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Invest 94L was about 850 miles from the Windward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean as it continued its path towards the west-northwest.
According to that report, it has not yet been established that it has a well-defined center of circulation and, for this reason, it cannot yet be classified as a tropical depression.
The center of circulation is what gives these subtropical systems a cyclonic movement and elevates them to the rank of tropical depression, which, consequently, could evolve into a tropical storm or even a hurricane.
“Even if it does not develop, this system has the potential to bring gusty winds, heavy rain and flooding to portions of the Lesser Antilles beginning on Friday.”read the NHC bulletin.
For its part, the National Meteorological Service (SNM) continues to monitor Invest 94L and its potential development as tropical depression #20, which could happen, as indicated, on Wednesday or during the early hours of Thursday.
According to the meteorologist of that federal agency, Glorianne Rivera, it is still too early to determine an exact trajectory or any direct or indirect effect that the island could receive. However, he pointed out that, if it affected Puerto Rico, “it would be passing northeast of our area” and would bring with it a rain event.
A more accurate scenario will be obtained when the system has better organization, and as it approaches Caribbean waters.