A potential tropical cyclone has been designated in the western Caribbean, and Tropical Storm Watches are now in effect for Jamaica, eastern Cuba, Haiti, southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands. All of these locations could receive strong winds and heavy rainfall which could exceed 250mm in some areas. As a result, flooding is also a possibility as this short lived fast moving storm powers through the region.
In the Bay of Bengal, a tropical storm is drawing nearer to the coast of West Bengal and Bangladesh, with winds near 45 miles per hour (72kph). The storm is expected to wash ashore near Bhola island in the next 24 hours before rapidly weakening. Some strengthening is likely before landfall.
In the Western Pacific, the remnants of Tropical Depression 17W are still active, and are likely to dump large amounts of rain over the Philippines starting tomorrow. Rainfall amounts in parts of the eastern Visayas and southern Luzon could approach 700mm.
Watch Friday’s Tropical Weather Bulletin using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqGUCfxtHfI