Aug. 4, 2004 – Tropical Depression 2 was downgraded to a tropical wave at the 5 p.m. update on Wednesday, but the territory is still in for some rain and gusty winds Wednesday night.
Todd Kimberlain, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan gave a 50 percent chance of rain for St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix for Wednesday night. Sustained winds should reach 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
"By tomorrow the weather should start to improve," Kimberlain said.
Rain associated with what were the outer bands of Tropical Depression 2 started moving through the Virgin Islands late Wednesday afternoon. The tropical storm watch that began Tuesday was discontinued at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the wave was centered at 13.5 degrees north latitude and 63.5 degrees west longitude. Sustained winds were near 35 mph, with higher gusts. The storm was moving west at 23 mph, but was expected to start turning to the west-northwest. The barometric pressure stood at 29.85 inches or 1011 millibars.
At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the storm was located about 380 miles south-southeast of San Juan.
Kimberlain said that when a reconnaissance plane flew through the storm on Wednesday, the crew found that what they initially had thought was a closed center of circulation was, in fact, open. This means the weather system was no longer a tropical depression.
However, he said, a reconnaissance plane will investigate again on Thursday to make sure the wave is not regenerating.
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