CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine is continuing to move west and will likely become a tropical storm on Wednesday.
If the storm forms, it will be called Isaias, the ninth named storm of the season.
As of late Tuesday night, the system is about 515 miles east-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico and moving west-northwest at 25 mph with 40 mph winds.
The system had little change in intensity on Tuesday night.
“Bottom line, it’s not well organized but it’s forecast to get stronger and become Isaias on Wednesday,” Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said.
The current forecast tracks shows the system moving through the Leeward Islands on Wednesday, near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday night, and near or over Hispaniola on Thursday.
Walsh said the system is currently not a threat to the United States, but said a close eye needs to be kept on the system for the next few days.
“There is plenty of time for this thing to turn to the east, or even head to the Gulf of Mexico,” Walsh said.
The National Hurricane Center reported the long range track and intensity forecasts are uncertain saying that the system, at its present state, does not have a well defined center.
“However, this system could bring some rainfall and wind impacts to Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Florida by the end of the week,” NHC officials said.
Meteorologists say the system is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding across the northern Leeward islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic has issued a Tropical Storm Warning from Cabo Caucedo northward along the northern coast of the Dominican Republic to the northern border with Haiti.