TROPICAL STORM BILL AND OTHER EARLY SEASON WEATHER UPDATES
Tropical Storm Bill which formed Monday off the US East Coast was expected to dissipate by Tuesday as it continues moving out into the Atlantic.
The US National Hurricane Centra (NHC) reports that the storm is moving rapidly toward the northeast at about 31 mph with this general motion expected to continue through Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts and little change in strength is expected today, followed by gradual weakening tonight and Wednesday morning as Bill moves over colder water, the NHC said in a Tuesday morning update.
The system is forecast to become a post-tropical low by tonight and dissipate on Wednesday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km)
from the centre but pose no threat to land.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 999 millibars (29.50 inches).
The NHC is also monitoring the potential development of a weather system in the western Gulf of Mexico which could further develop by later this week with the likelihood of a heavy rain threat to a part of the U.S. Gulf Coast by weekend.
This potential system has been tagged Invest 92L, which is a naming convention used by NHC to track disturbances being monitored for the possible formation of a tropical depression or storm.
Meanwhile, a tropical wave located several hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of cloudiness and disorganized showers.
Forecasters say any development of this system should be slow to occur during the next few days with conditions limiting its chances of formation as it moves over the central tropical Atlantic.