Issued by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology, Monday 9th August 2021, at 6 pm EDT.
The disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles is forecast to become a tropical storm tonight and could begin to affect the southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands by Thursday morning.
A tropical storm alert is now in effect for the islands of the southeast Bahamas. This includes the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins and Crooked Island, Samana Cay, Long Cay and Ragged Island, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
A tropical storm alert means that tropical storm conditions could be experienced in the mentioned islands within 60 hours.
At 5 pm EDT, the centre of the disturbance was located near latitude 14.2 degrees north and longitude 59.2 degrees west, or about 165 miles east-southeast of Dominica, or 1055 miles east-southeast of Matthew Town Inagua, or 930-mile east-southeast of Grand Turk, and 1400 miles East-southeast of New Providence.
The system is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph and this general motion is expected to continue during the next few days. On the forecast track, the system is expected to be near or over Hispaniola on Wednesday, and begin to affect the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast Bahamas by Thursday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and is expected to become a tropical storm tonight.
Residents in the southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands should begin to make preparation for the possibility of tropical storm conditions beginning early Thursday morning.
The next alert on potential tropical cyclone six will be issued at 9 pm EDT.