Meteorologist says that “it is still difficult to assess the trajectory of this meteorological system” and to say “if the archipelago will be affected and how it will be”.
The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) “is monitoring the evolution of a tropical depression that formed in the west/southwest of the Azores”, and it is premature, for now, to assess whether the archipelago will be affected.
The information was advanced this Thursday morning to Lusa by meteorologist Rita Mota, from the IPMA delegation in the Azores, revealing that the US National Hurricane Centre “has already classified the weather system as tropical depression 5”.
Rita Mota explained that at 9:00 am today the depression was 1,575 kilometres west of the Azores, with a slow shift to east/northeast.
The meteorologist said that “it is still difficult to assess the trajectory of this meteorological system” and to say “if the archipelago will be affected and how it will be”.
“In the next few hours there should be some evolution, and it is expected that this tropical depression will be named. The IPMA is following up,” he added.
On Wednesday, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced the possibility of the formation of a tropical cyclone west of the Azores.
According to the NHC, an area of low pressure formed along a decaying frontal zone over the central subtropical Atlantic about 850 miles” (1367 kilometers) “west-southwest of the most western Azores”.