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Tropics Come Alive

While Tropical Storm Harvey continues its westerly track toward Central America, forecasters are keeping a wary eye on a trailing system that could target the East Coast — and Florida — by late next week.

As of Friday at 5 a.m., Invest 92 showed continued signs of development and had a 70 percent chance for formation in the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

It was located about 900 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is forecast to move west-northwest at 20 mph in the next few days.

In its current track, the system could skirt Puerto Rico and move through the Atlantic and approach the southern coast of Florida by late next week.

"It's nothing to panic about, but something to keep an eye on," 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Ashley Batey said.

Harvey is producing heavy rains in the Windward Islands and is located about 30 miles east-southeast of Barbados.

It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts, and further strengthening is forecast and as moves west at 18 mph.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica is under a tropical storm watch.

Harvey could produce 2-4 inches of rain and flash floods across the Windward Islands.


An emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Cash (ATMs may not work)
  • Cellular phone & car charger
  • Drinking water/containers (1 gallon per person per day, minimum 3 days)
  • Prescription medicine (2 week supply)
  • Batteries (2 spare sets for each device)
  • Flashlights
  • Battery-operated TV/radio/clock
  • Non-electric can opener
  • First aid book & kit including bandages, antiseptic, tape, compresses, & aspirin 
  • Gasoline & oil for generator/car, propane for gas grill
  • Water purification kit (tablets, pure chlorine and iodine)
  • Three day supply of non-perishable foods (canned meats/fish/fruits/vegetables/soups/chili, dried fruits/nuts, spaghetti, rice, cereal, crackers, cookies, peanut butter, jelly, Nutella, pudding, powdered or evaporated milk, coffee, tea)Ice
  • Pet food/supplies/bowls/carriers/leashes
  • Baby supplies (medicine, sterile water, diapers, formula, baby food, bottles, baby wipes)
  • Disposable plates, cups, bowls, utensils
  • Clean-up supplies (mops, brooms, buckets, towels, sponges, rags, disinfectant)
  • Bleach for sterilization (unscented with hypochlorite, the only active ingredient)
  • Batteries
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Mosquito repellent, citronella candles, sunscreen
  • Plastic tarp, sheeting, screening
  • Lumber, rope, tie-downs, tools & nails
  • Duct or masking tape
  • Rain gear
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Leather-palm working gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Shovel & rake
  • Work boots, heavy shoes

If You Evacuate, You Should Also Take:

  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses
  • Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, etc.
  • Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children
  • Important papers and irreplaceable keepsakes (driver’s license, special medical information, insurance policies and property inventories, photographs)


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