Caribbean system may slowly develop next week: National Hurricane Center

A broad area of low pressure covering a portion of Central America and the western Caribbean could slowly develop over the weekend and early next week, the National Hurricane Center reported.

On Wednesday evening (Oct. 3), upper-level winds were preventing tropical cyclone formation, the Hurricane Center said.

“Environmental conditions could become less hostile this weekend and early next week allowing some slow development in this region as the system drifts northwestward,” the report said.

The chance of tropical formation was 30 percent over the next five days.

In the central Atlantic, Hurricane Leslie was moving toward the north near 3 mph. A turn to the east was expected this weekend. The hurricane was 495 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds were near 80 mph…

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