Tropical Storm Harvey heads into Caribbean; waves bear watching

Author: Associated Press
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MIAMI (AP) Authorities in the eastern Caribbean warned residents to stay indoors as Tropical Storm Harvey brought heavy winds and rain to the area Friday on a path expected to take it to Central America next week.

Harvey was expected to cross through St. Vincent and the Grenadines and then over the Caribbean Sea. A tropical storm warning was also in effect for Martinique and St. Lucia.

Harvey is centered about 15 miles south-southwest of St. Vincent and is moving west near 21 mph.

“The gameplan with Harvey is that it will continue towards the west as we approach this weekend and also into the early and middle part of next week,” WINK meteorologist Matt Devitt said.

A disturbance to Harvey’s east has about a 70 percent chance of development. It’s expected to move just north of Puerto Rico and Hispanola over the weekend and early next week and approach the Bahamas by late next week, on a general path toward Florida.

But it’s unclear just how intense the wave may become. Dry air and wind shear are in its way.

“That’s why computer models, truthfully, are a bit confused on what’s going to happen with it,” Devitt said.

A second disturbance farther to the east has a 40 percent chance of development over the next five days, according to the weather service.

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