Sept. 20, 2004 The The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Depression 13 to Tropical Storm Lisa on Monday morning. And the storm changed its track since its formation Sunday.
Its track now takes it closer to the Virgin Islands. However, meteorologist Walter Snell at the National Weather Service in San Juan said Monday morning he thinks it will go north of the territory. He said he expects it will already be above 20 degrees north latitude by the time it gets to the Leeward Islands.
St. Thomas sits at 18.3 degrees north latitude and 65 degrees west longitude. St. John is at 18.2 degrees north latitude and 64.5 degrees west longitude. St. Croix is located at 17.7 degrees north latitude and 64.8 degrees west longitude.
He said V.I. residents should keep a close eye on this storm in case it takes a more westerly track toward the territory.
He said with Tropical Storm Jeanne and Hurricane Karl still churning, it's hard to say precisely what Tropical Storm Lisa will do.
"The models haven't done that well with tropical systems this year," Snell said.
At the 11 a.m. update, Tropical Storm Lisa is centered at 13.6 degrees north latitude and 35.9 degrees west longitude. This puts it about 810 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.
Tropical Storm Lisa is still far out to sea. At its current speed, it will be the middle of next week before it could threaten the Virgin Islands. However, storms are known to speed up or slow down.
The storm has winds of 60 mph with gusts to 70 mph. It is expected to continue strengthening. Tropical storm force winds extend outward 45 miles.
The barometric pressure stands at 998 millibars or 29.46 inches. The storm is moving toward the west at 11 mph.
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