Tropical storm could cause East Coast rip currents next week

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Though it doesn’t look like much now, a tropical depression moving along in the Caribbean Sea is likely to form into a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which could become Cristobal, is no longer expected to make landfall, but could take a path that would cause rip currents along the East Coast and just in time for the start of the Labor Day Holiday weekend./Weatherball Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Though it doesn’t look like much now, a tropical depression moving along in the Caribbean Sea is likely to form into a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which could become Cristobal, is no longer expected to make landfall, but could take a path that would cause rip currents along the East Coast and just in time for the start of the Labor Day Holiday weekend./Weatherball Analytics, www.weatherbell.com  Though it doesn’t look like much now, a tropical depression moving along in the Caribbean Sea is likely to form into a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm, which could then become Tropical Storm Cristobal, is no longer expected to make landfall, but could take a path that would cause rip currents along the East Coast and just in time for the start of the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

Here is the latest:

As of 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, conditions for development are expected to improve during the next few days for an area of showers that is moving through the Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Most likely, the mountains of Hispaniola could limit any development through Saturday. However, development is likely on Sunday as the system passes over the Bahamas, the NationalHurricaneCenter said.

There is a 60 percent chance of development in the next two days and an 80 percent chance of development during the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are expected across portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands through Friday, and over Hispaniola late Friday and Saturday. Interests in those islands and in the Bahamas should closely monitor the progress of this disturbance. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system again tomorrow afternoon,” the National Hurricane Center said.

 Who is under the gun?

Though official forecasts won’t come from the National Hurricane Center until a storm reaches tropical storm strength, model consensus seems to indicate a tropical storm will take a path that parallels the coast./University of Milwaukee Though official forecasts won’t come from the National Hurricane Center until a storm reaches tropical storm strength, model consensus seems to indicate a tropical storm will take a path that parallels the coast./University of Milwaukee The National Weather Service will not issue forecast tracts until the storm becomes a tropical storm with sustained winds exceeding 39 mph.

However, a model consensus seems to indicate that the system will move to the northwest through the weekend before turning north along the East Coast. It could pass well offshore of the Middle Atlantic States on Friday, Aug. 29.

Most models feel Cristobal should remain a tropical storm, but could grow strong enough to become a minimal category 1 hurricane.

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