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Wind and Rain Expected to Blow Away Stagnant Weather System

Sept. 24, 2007 — Look for rain and squally weather starting Tuesday afternoon, said Scott Stripling, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"There's a potential across the Virgin Islands for up to three to five inches, and there's a reasonable chance of one to two inches," he said.
The wet, windy weather will last through Wednesday evening, he said.
The rain will come from the weather system now crossing St. Lucia. It could become a tropical depression by the time it reaches the area, but Stripling said it was also possible it could reach tropical-storm strength.
The storm will pass just south of the territory, he said.
"That will put us on the northern side, which is the strongest side, with the most moisture," Stripling said.
The weather system will put an end to the hot, humid and windless days that have lingered in the Virgin Islands. A "very sharp trough" drifting slowly westward across the northeast Caribbean has heated things up.
"There's been no sea breeze," Stripling said.
More intense weather could be along soon. A system now located 1,700 miles east of the southern Windward Islands is a "monster," he said.
"It should be developing at any moment," Stripling said.
As things currently stand, however, a steering current should move it northwest and away from the territory. "Computer models continue to lift it north of us," he said.
The National Hurricane Center expects the system to become a tropical depression late Monday night.
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