Tropical depression should weaken before it hits V.I.
Published: July 22, 2014
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ST. THOMAS - There is little need to worry about a tropical depression that has formed more than 1,200 miles off of the Lesser Antilles islands, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.
The weather service alerted local agencies to the depression, which is expected to diminish in strength by the time it reaches the Virgin Islands late this week.
"It is entering a hostile environment," said Odalys Martinez, a meteorologist with the service in Puerto Rico.
Because the depression is expected to enter an area with dry air and a wind shear, or a change in wind speed, the depression is not expected at this point to become an official tropical storm, Martinez said.
"It is expected to weaken to a remnant low," she said.
The depression, known as Tropical Depression Two, is traveling at about 16 mph, and at press time Monday, it was located near latitude 11.6 degrees north and longitude 43.8 degrees west, according to a statement from the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency.
Sustained winds were about 35 mph, with wind gusts reaching about 45 mph, Martinez said. If the depression reaches sustained winds of 39 mph, it would become Tropical Storm Bertha.
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