Weather.com’s Hurricane Expert Dr Rick Knabb says wind shear should remain low enough to allow Tomas to restrengthen as it lingers south of Hispanola.
Then, a deep dip, or “trough” in the lexicon of meteorologists, will swing into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and northwestern Caribbean Sea late this week, likely steering Tomas north-northeastward toward Hispanola. Incidentally, this trough will keep Tomas away from the mainland U.S.
Here are some quick forecast snippets regarding Tomas:
– Tomas should begin its turn toward the north-northeast Thursday.
– Jamaica’s locally heavy rain/gusty winds can be expected to arrive Wednesday, and persist through Thursday or early Friday. There is only a slight chance of hurricane-force winds, mainly on the far eastern end of the island.
– Outer rainbands will probably arrive into Hispanola Thursday, feeding out of the southeast.
– The center of Tomas should either cross over or pass very near Hispanola Friday or Friday night. Its intensity at that time should be somewhere between a strong tropical storm and a Category 2 hurricane.
– It is possible Tomas may linger north of Hispanola and Puerto Rico Saturday through Monday. Therefore, locally heavy rain could linger in Hispanola beyond Friday and could eventually develop in Puerto Rico.
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