Tropical Storm Tomas

3:00 pm in Tropics by Ted Keller

The 19th named storm of the season “Tomas” has formed!

This is a late-season tropical storm. Nevertheless, it is forecast as of today to strengthen to major hurricane status by Tuesday afternoon and be positioned in the Caribbean,  south of Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

You can track Tomas this weekend here.

The storm will immediately impact the southern Leeward Islands between St. Johns and St. Georges’ islands from now until Saturday afternoon.

Tomas has good outflow meaning the air at the top of the storm is diverging away quite nicely.  This will allow for rapid intensification of the storm as air will be removed from the center faster than it can be replaced.

Tomas Projection from the NHC.