Tropical Storm Iris Follows Hugo’s Trail With AM-Hugo, Bjt
MIAMI (AP) _ Tropical Storm Iris gathered 50 mph winds in the wake of Hurricane Hugo on Monday and forecasters warned residents on the already battered Leeward Islands to keep a close watch on its progress.
At 6 p.m. EDT Monday, a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft and satellite pictures located the center of the tropical storm near 16.5 north latitude and 56.5 west longitude, or about 300 miles east of the Leeward Islands, a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies.
The governments of Barbados, St. Vincent and St. Lucia issued warnings for Iris, the ninth named storm of this Atlantic hurricane season.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables said Iris was moving toward the north-northwest at about 18 mph.
Swirling weather patterns left behind by Hugo made further strengthening unlikely through Tuesday evening, said hurricane specialist Gil Clark. Iris was expected to hold its course at a slightly slower pace during that time.
Tropical depressions become tropical storms when their top sustained winds reach 39 mph. Iris became a storm Sunday.