Earlier today Tropical Depression 16 formed in the Bahamas. This system was not expected to intensify, but this evening it has become Tropical Storm Patty. TS Patty is stationary some 250 miles east-northeast of the Central Bahamas at the 5 o’clock hour with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. While the system has intensified, she still looks to be short lived as the system will begin to weaken overnight and during the day Friday. It is very unlikely that the system will reach the Bahamas with tropical storm force winds.
8 PM Update
The probability of Invest 98L developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours is now up to 70% as the system has become more defined. The low pressure system is located approximately 75 miles east-southeast of Barbados moving northwestward at 10-15 mph.