NHC Backs Off On Development Chances For Tropical Wave

The National Hurricane Center is backing down significantly the chances a tropical wave near the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico will develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm.

Forecasters on Monday described the wave as "vigorous" and gave it a high chance of strengthening further.

Tuesday's update told a different story, with chances of development dropped to 20% over the next five days. "Significant development of this system is not expected due to unfavorable upper-level winds and interaction with the islands of the Greater Antilles," read the 1pm EST tropical weather outlook from the NHC.

The wave still brings a threat of locally heavy rainfall to parts of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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