Harvey weakens to depression, heads through Caribbean

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Harvey weakened into a depression as it moved through the Caribbean Sea yesterday, on a projected course that would have it approaching Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula early this week.

The US National Hurricane Center reported that Harvey was centred about 140 miles (225 kilometres) north-northwest of Curacao and was heading west at 22 mph (35 kph). The storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph).

The centre said Harvey could regain its tropical storm status today or tonight.

It said heavy rains were possible yesterday over Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Another tropical storm, Kenneth, was far out in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico and moving away from land.

The hurricane centre said Kenneth was expected to strengthen somewhat during the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane.

Yesterday, Jamaica's National Meteorological Centre said that at 4:00 pm the centre of Tropical Depression Harvey was located near latitude 14.1 degrees north and longitude 70.0 degrees west or 225 km north-northwest of Curacao.

“Harvey is moving toward the west near 35 km/h, and this general motion is expected to continue through Sunday. On the forecast track, the centre of Harvey will move through the central and western Caribbean Sea through Monday,” the Met Centre said

“Maximum sustained winds remain near 55 km/h with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is possible during the next couple of days, and Harvey could regain tropical storm status Sunday or Sunday night,” the centre added.

The 5:00 pm bulletin issued by the centre said that while the centre of Tropical Depression Harvey is forecast to pass south of Jamaica, the island is expected to experience cloudy conditions with showers and thunderstorms today through tomorrow. In addition, windy conditions are expected mainly across southern parishes today through tomorrow.

“Marine interests, especially small craft operators who are in port, are advised not to venture out, and those on the cays and banks south of Jamaica are advised to remain in safe harbour and exercise extreme caution as Tropical Depression Harvey traverses the waters south of Jamaica,” the centre said, adding that the depression “is not a direct threat to Jamaica at this time”.

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