HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO)—As of Wednesday evening, the tropical wave Invest 97-L has been designated by the National Hurricane Center as Tropical Depression Five and is becoming better organized as it heads towards the Caribbean.
Winds are at 35 mph with movement to the west at 20+ mph.
The system will likely become Tropical Storm Elsa Thursday. Heavy rainfall will move quickly across the Windward and the southern Leeward Islands with isolated flooding and mudslides possible.
The National Hurricane Center has issued tropical storm watches and warnings for the Lesser Antilles. It is too early to tell on the potential impacts to the United States, but those in coastal areas should watch this system closely.