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The best beach islands are in the Caribbean – Cleveland Jewish News

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The best Caribbean beaches in the world are all within reach of Northern Ohio. And there are plenty of islands bursting with adventures, activities, clear water and stunning natural sites. The question remains, which Caribbean island is best suited for you?

The way to determine that is simple. Visit the island. And you can do so by cruise ship, where you can spend the day getting a lovely taste of the area. Here are some exceptional Caribbean islands that most of the major cruise lines call on.


Discover all of Antiguas amazing treasures and fascinating past. Explore three of Antiguas best-known locations while traveling through the heart of the countryside, past rolling hills and local villages. Visit the famous Nelsons Dockyard, the worlds only Georgian-era dockyard still in use, Blockhouse Ruins, and Shirley Heights for an amazing view of the harbor. Relax as you explore one of the most gorgeous cities in the eastern Caribbean.

St. Lucia

Embark on a leisurely cruise from St. Lucias north coast to discover the magnificent volcanic peaks known as the Gros and Petit Pitons. Rising dramatically from the ocean, these incredible geographic landmarks each reach heights of more than 2,000 feet. After your visit to the Pitons, continue sailing northward, with a stop for swimming and a visit to Marigot Bay.


Explore the island of Aruba on a scenic drive. Enjoy spectacular views while learning about the culture and rich history of Aruba. Visit key landmarks and natural wonders. See the charming capital of Oranjestad, with its Dutch Colonial architecture, and schooner harbor. Marvel at the unusual geological formations of the Casibari Rock Formations. See the gold mill ruins, breathtaking beaches, and the natural bridge, a geological wonder formed by the forces of the wind and the sea.

St. Croix

Visit St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and explore its historic, cultural and natural sites. Marvel at St. Croixs tropical beauty and captivating views as you make your way along the island. Learn about the cultural traditions of the islanders before arriving to the historical town of Christiansted. Browse the shops or enjoy a stroll over to the famous Fort Christiansvern.


Explore natures island with unspoiled beauty, a divers dream and its listed as one of the 10 best destinations to dive. A hikers paradise with 300 miles of trails a true nature lovers dream and an adventure, unlike any other Caribbean destination. Dominica has volcanic peaks, boiling waters and underwater champagne springs, sparkling waterfalls, rushing streams, rainforest canopies with spectacular drops and a submerged volcanic crater.

St. Thomas

A gateway isle of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Its known for its beaches and snorkeling spots and duty free shopping. Territorial capital Charlotte Amalie, founded by the Danish in the 1600s, is a busy cruise-ship port. Historic buildings include a 1679 watch tower, Blackbeards Castle, in reference to the areas pirate history. On the harbor, 17th-century Fort Christian is now a local-history museum.

St. Maarten / St. Martin

St. Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises two- separate countries, divided between its northern French side, Saint Martin, and its southern Dutch side, St. Maarten. The island is home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. Its also known for fusion cuisine, vibrant nightlife and duty-free shops selling jewelry and liquor.

Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. George Town, its capital, is home to the Cayman Islands National Museum, dedicated to Caymanian heritage. The city is also a major cruise-ship port and site of the ruins of colonial-era Fort George. Beaches and vibrant coral reefs are the islands hallmarks.


A Caribbean island nation has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer.

Turks and Caicos

An archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a British overseas territory southeast of the Bahamas. The gateway island of Providenciales, known as Provo, is home to expansive Grace Bay Beach, with luxury resorts, shops and restaurants. Scuba-diving sites include a 14-mile barrier reef on Provos north shore and a dramatic 2,134m underwater wall off Grand Turk Island.

Arlene Goldberg is president and owner of Action Travel Center in Solon.

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Caribbean jerk chicken and a savory side – Auburn Journal

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Walk in the Footsteps of Alexander Hamilton on This Tiny Caribbean Island – Smithsonian

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A view of the Nevis volcano on the island of Nevis where Alexander Hamilton was born.

By Susan B. Barnes August 23, 2017

As Hamilton continues its wildly popular run on Broadway and takes theaters across the country by storm on tour, we pull back the curtain on the stage sensation and take a closer look at the formative years of its namesake on the quiet Caribbean island of Nevis.

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755 (or perhaps it was 1757historical records vary, and even Hamilton himself was unsure of his precise birth year) on the small Caribbean island of Nevis, a body of land neighboring St. Kitts in the Lesser Antilles that was under British rule at the time and was known for its sugar plantations.

Hamilton lived on Nevis until he was about seven (or nine) years old, but despite the idyllic setting, his boyhood was not easy. Prior to his birth, his mother had fled an abusive marriage to an older man but paid a hefty price for her actions. According toAlexander Hamiltonby Ron Chernow, “Enraged, his pride bruised, Lavien was determined to humiliate his unruly bride. Seizing on a Danish law that allowed a husband to jail his wife if she was found guilty of adultery and no longer resided with him, he had [Hamilton’s mother] Rachael clapped intodreaded Christiansvaren, the Christiansted fort, which did double duty as the townjail.

Once freed, she moved to St. Kitts, where she met Scottish trader James HamiltonHamiltons biological father. They relocated to the island of Nevis, but their relationship, too, soon failed.Alexanders father left the family, and young Hamilton moved with his mother toSt. Croix.When young Hamilton was around 11 years old, he took his first job, and shortly thereafter, his mother passed away, leaving Hamilton and his brother essentially orphaned. Despite adversity, Alexander proved to be a valuable and enterprising employee as a clerk in St. Croix, impressing his mercantile employer with his accounting skills to such an extent that he and other businessmen pooled their resources to send Hamilton away from the islands to further his education.

In 1773, when he was 16 or 18 years old, Hamilton left the Caribbean for America, where he attended Kings College (now Columbia University) in New York and began to forge his political career, serving in the Revolutionary War and as an advisor to George Washington himself. When Washington was elected president of the U.S. in 1789, he appointed Hamilton as the first Secretary of the Treasuryin the United States. The rest, as they say, is history.

Back on Nevis, sugar plantations waned during this time, and the islands main industry turned to tourism. But Hamiltons legacy is alive and well. Beyond the draw of the islands sparsely populated beaches, lush forests and generally laid-back vibe, visitors today can walk in Hamilton’s boyhood footsteps.

In the small capital city of Charlestown, visit theMuseum of Nevis History,which sits onthe site of Hamiltons birthplace. The home as seen today is actuallya replica of the original house, which was destroyed in a natural disaster and laid in ruins for some time. The house was reconstructed in 1983, and some say this was intended to commemorate Nevis independence.The museum has a small and informal exhibit that tells Hamiltons story, bothon the island and off,from his early years on Nevis to his military and political careers, even including his family life.

In the hills that lead to Mount Nevis and Nevis Peak, the ruins of theHamilton Estatethe familys sugar plantation(though Alexander Hamilton himself never lived on the estate)that remained within the Hamilton family right up until the early-1950scan still be seen.During its heyday, sugar operations included a windmill tower, boiling houses and a curing house.

As was a defining trait of the sugar industry worldwide, slave labor was relied upon at the Hamilton Estate. According to the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society, the Hamilton Estate was one of the last remaining intact sugar factories on the island until it closed in 1951. Today, passersby willfind overgrown ruins of the windmill and an historical marker defining the site.

Though not tied directly to Alexander Hamilton, several Charlestown sites are still inexistence from the time in which he and his family were a part of the islands legacyincludingchurches, the old customs house and, of course, the Charlestown port, to and from which ships sailed daily.

Itmay be difficult to imagine that such a pivotal figure in American history actually hailed from a petite island on which monkeys still outnumberpeople. But if anything, Alexander HamiltonsNevisianheritage, coupled with his many accomplishments on the mainland United States thereafter, only serves to prove that hard work really can pay off.

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African slaves were both medical guinea pigs and scientists on … – Quartz

Posted: August 20, 2017 at 6:35 pm

In the natural course of events, humans fall sick and die. Patients hope for miraculous remedies to restore their health.

We all want our medicines to work for us in wondrous ways. But how are human subjects chosen for experiments? Who bears the burden of risk? What ethical brakes keep scientific enthusiasm from overwhelming vulnerable populations? Who goes first?

Today, the question of underrepresented minorities in medical experimentation is still volatile. Minorities, especially African-Americans in the U.S., tend to be simultaneously underrepresented in medical research and historically exploited in experimentation.

My new book, Secret Cures of Slaves: People, Plants, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic, zeroes in on human experimentation on Caribbean slave plantations in the late 1700s. Were slaves on New World sugar plantations used as human guinea pigs in the same way African-Americans were in the American South centuries later?

History is littered with exploitative experiments in humans. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment is probably one of the most infamous. From 1932 to 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service offered 600 African-American men food, free medical care and burial insurance for participating in the study. About 400 of these poor Alabamans had syphilis. The government studied the natural progression of the disease until death, even though penicillin was an easy, cheap and safe cure.

This type of medical testing empirical study through controlled trials began in earnest in the late 1700s. Many poor souls were subjected to medical testing. In Europe and its American colonies, drug trials tended to over-select subjects from the poor and wards of the state, such as prisoners, hospital patients and orphans. Most experimental subjects came from the same groups used for dissection that is, persons with no next of kin to insist on burial rites or to pay for expensive cures.

I was surprised to learn that, in many instances, doctors did not as might be expected use slaves as guinea pigs. Slaves were valuable property of powerful masters. The masters will prevailed over a doctors advice.

A British physician in Jamaica reported he had developed a perfect cure for yaws, a horrid tropical infection of the skin, bones and joints bred of poverty and poor sanitation. The experimental treatment was slated to take three or four months. The masters, not caring to lose their Slaves labor for so long, denied the doctors request.

However, numerous slaves were exploited in medical experiments at this time. John Quier, a British doctor working in rural Jamaica, freely experimented with smallpox inoculation in a population of 850 slaves during the 1768 epidemic. Inoculation, a precursor to vaccine, involved inducing a light case of the disease in a healthy person in hopes of immunizing that person for life.

But Quier did not simply inoculate to prevent disease. We see from his reports that he used slaves to explore questions that doctors in Europe dared not. He wanted to know, for example, whether one could safely inoculate menstruating or pregnant women. He also wanted to know if it was safe to inoculate newborn infants or a person already suffering from dropsy, yaws or fever and the like.Quier was employed by slave owners and would have inoculated plantation slaves for smallpox, with or without his scientific experiments. In all instances, masters had the final word. There was no issue of slave consent, or, for that matter, often physician consent.

In his letters to colleagues in London, Quier reported that, to answer these questions, he sometimes inoculated repeatedly in the same person and at his own expense. Throughout his experiments, when pressed, Quier followed what he considered of interest to science and not necessarily what was best for the human being standing in front of him.

The history of human experimentation is not merely about subjects used and misused, but also about subjects excluded from testing and, as a consequence, from the potential benefits of a cure.

Today, medical researchers struggle to include women in clinical trials. Its impossible to say when women were defined out as proper subjects of human research. But women were regularly included in medical research in the 18th century.

In 1721, the iconic Newgate Prison trials in England tested the safety and efficacy of smallpox inoculation. Of the elected six condemned criminals, there were three women and three men, matched as closely as possible for age.

Women also featured in Quiers experiments, raising explosive questions about differences among women, many of which were about race.

For example, his London colleagues wondered whether his smallpox experiments done on Negro women were valid for English women. Some gentlemen in London were concerned that experiments done on slave women were not valid for women of fashion, and of delicate constitutions. Treatments appropriate for enslaved women, they warned, might well destroy ladies of delicate habits, educated in European luxury.

African, Amerindian and European knowledges mixed on Caribbean sugar plantations.

Europeans had little experience with the tropical disease they encountered in the Caribbean, but Africans did. One of my purposes in this book is to expand our knowledge of African contributions to science.

An extraordinary experiment in 1773 pitted purported slave cures against European treatments in Grenada, a small island south of Barbados. In something of a cure-off, a slaves remedy for yaws was tested against the standard European remedy. Under the masters careful eye, four slaves were treated by a European-trained surgeon, two by the slave doctor.

The surgeon employed a standard mercurial treatment, which, when taken over several years, tended to leave slaves health broken. Meanwhile, the slave set to work with methods learned in his own Country (presumably Africa). This consisted of sweating his patients powerfully twice a day in a cask with a small fire and by giving them a medicine made from two woods, known locally as Bois Royale and Bois fer.

The outcome? The slaves patients were cured within a fortnight; the surgeons patients were not. The plantation owner, a man of science, consequently put the man of African origins in charge of all yaws patients in his plantation hospital. In the process, the enslaved man who remained nameless and faceless throughout was elevated in status to a Negro Dr.

The Atlantic world represents a step in globalization, the potential enrichment of the human experience when worlds collide. But the extinction of peoples, such as the Amerindians in the Greater Antilles, coupled with the fear and secrecy bred in the enslavement of Africans, meant that knowledge did not circulate freely. Amerindians and enslaved Africans strategically held many secrets. Though hidden or suppressed, much of this knowledge can still be found today in local Caribbean remedies.

Bertrand Bajon, a French physician working in Cayenne, envied the numerous plant cures known to Indians and Negroes. Bajon pleaded that for the good of humanity slaves be obliged to communicate the plants he [or she] used and the manner in which they are employed. In return, Bajon recommended the slave be offered freedom but not until a great number of experiments confirmed the cures virtue.

We must remember that knowledge created in this period did not respond to science for its own sake, but was fired in the colonial crucible of conquest, slavery and violence.

Londa Schiebinger, Professor of History of Science, Stanford University

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A Taste Of The Caribbean In Philadelphia – CBS Philly

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August 20, 2017 4:55 PM By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) A trip to the Caribbean without taking a step outside the Delaware Valley.

Music, dancing, crafts, and clothing all played a major part at the 31st Annual Philadelphia Caribbean Festival on Sunday at Penns Landing, but for many its the food that stole the show.

We have our special, wonderful jerked chicken, then we have a special rice and peas with ox tails, curry goat, curry chicken, a lovely macaroni pie, and also a wonderful bacon salt fish, said one food vendor, showing off their menu.

A food vendor at the Caribbean Festival. (credit: Justin Udo)

Many of the people who came say the Caribbean atmosphere and warm tempertatures almost made them forget where they were.

You can take a vacation without leaving the Philadelphia area. Its free festive fun, said one attendee.

(credit: Justin Udo)

Festival-goers say its a great educational experience on Caribbean places like Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, and Hondorus.

Its a beautiful thing. Me personally, I always love learning about different cultures, said another attendee.

Money raised from the event goes to a scholarship fund benefiting Caribbean american students perusing higher education.

Justin Udo is a reporter and editor at KYW Newsradio 1060. He got his start in radio as an intern at his hometown CBS station, KDKA in Pittsburgh. He first came on board KYW Newsradio in 2009, working as a desk assistant, service aide,…

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Harvey Could Rebound in the Western Caribbean; Two Other Areas Are Being Monitored For Tropical Development – (blog)

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August 20, 2017

The remnants of former Tropical Storm Harvey will continue to track westwardthrough the Caribbean Sea and possibly into the Bay of Campeche where a regeneration of the system could occur this week.

Hostile winds aloft shredded Harvey apart on Saturday, and the National Hurricane Center issued its final advisory.

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What is left of Harveyis a cluster ofshower and thunderstorm activity to the south of Jamaica, which became more concentrated Sunday afternoon.

However, ahurricane hunter aircraft investigated the remnants of Harvey Sunday afternoon and found that the system hadn’tregenerated into a tropical depression or tropical storm because it lackeda well-defined center of circulation, and there was also no indication of tropical-storm-force winds.

Through Monday, Harvey is forecast to enter the western Caribbean where conditions could be somewhat conducive for the gradual reorganization of the system as it moves west-northwestward.

Heavy rain from this system could cause flooding in Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula by Monday or Tuesday regardless of whether Harvey can reform prior to reaching those land areas.

By the middle portion of this week, Harvey’s remnants may move into the Bay of Campeche (southwest Gulf of Mexico) where they will have to be monitored closely. Some forecast guidance suggests Harvey could reform over this region even if it doesn’t get its act together prior to reaching Central America and the Yucatan.

Residents and visitors in eastern Mexico and south Texas should continue to follow the progress of Harvey’s remnants, as uncertainty remains with forecast details.

Invest 92L continues tofesterto the north of the Lesser Antilles.

Wind shear has chipped away at 92L’s structure and overall development chances. Hostile wind sheartypically rips apart tropical disturbances and weaker tropical cyclones.

We will continue to monitor the progress of Invest 92L as it moves west-northwestward during the next several days in the general direction of the Bahamas, but overall, development chances are low.

This system will enhance rainfall chances in the Bahamas, as well as much ofFlorida, early this week.

It may eventually interact with a cold front near Florida by later this week, and that’s when we’ll keep a close eye on it for any potential increase in organization.

Finally,a tropical wave in the central Atlantic Ocean is not expected todevelop, but we will watch it over the next several days. Its future trackis expected to be northwestward into the open Atlantic Ocean.

We are in the climatological peak of the hurricane season, so each tropical wave or area of low pressure in the Atlantic Basin must be watched closely for development.

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Now is a good time to make sure you have a plan in case of a hurricane strike. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes has an excellent website to help you make your plan.

Check back with for updates in the days ahead on these latest systems and the rest of hurricane season.

(MORE: NOAA Predicts Active Rest of the Hurricane Season)

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Caribbean Premier League 2017: 5 players who performed well during Week Two – Yahoo Cricket

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Rashid Khan has been outstanding with the ball

The sixth season of the Hero Caribbean Premier League got off to a blistering start and the tournament has gotten even better in the last week. There hasnt been any dearth of excitement and credit goes to the players for making the event an absolute exhibition.

Over the course of the second week, there have been several players who churned out exceptional performances for their respective sides.

As we move along, we take you through the stand-out players in the second week of the Hero Caribbean Premier League.

Afghanistans very own Rashid Khan has been taking rapid strides into the cricketing world at a tender age of 18 years. In the first week of the Caribbean Premier League, he struggled to add on to the wickets column but turned things around in the events second week.

Against the Trinbago Knight Riders, he was the Warriors most economical bowler with figures of 4-0-18-0, which included a maiden. In the next game, he got a stranglehold on the St Lucia Stars batsmen with a spell of 4-0-9-2, which completely took the momentum out of the Stars innings.

Khan was a touch expensive in the Warriors next game against the Jamaica Tallawahs. However, during his spell, he picked up two vital wickets of Lendl Simmons and Jonathan Foo.

Shadab Khan after picking up a wicket

Shadab Khan, the 18-year-old leg-spinner from Pakistan, has received appreciations from the cricketing fraternity ever since he made his debut in Pakistan colours. He was then rewarded with a spot in the Trinbago Knight Riders team in the Caribbean Premier League.

In the second week of the season, Khan was outstanding will the ball. His figures of 4-0-28-4 rocked the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Against the Barbados Tridents, he choked Kieron Pollard and Co with a spell of 4-0-20-1.

He was a touch expensive against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, but picked up the crucial wicket of Shamarh Brooks when was threatening to take the game away from the Knight Riders at Port of Spain.

Colin Munro has carried on from where he left in the first week

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Colin Munro is renowned for playing his strokes and taking the opposition bowling by the scruff of the neck through his aggressive intent. After an impressive first week in the Caribbean Premier League, the Kiwi carried forward his form in the second week.

He failed in the one odd game, but was yet again the Knight Riders man with the bat at the top of the order. He started the week with the Man of the Match award against the Guyana Amazon Warriors when he scored 70 runs from 47 balls that helped his team chase down a target of 156 without much fuss.

He struggled in the next game against the Barbados Tridents, but made amends with a quick-fire knock of 36 runs in 30 balls against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Andre Fletcher has been the silver lining in the dark clouds of the St Lucia Stars

St Lucia Stars campaign in the Caribbean Premier League has been an absolute disaster. Nevertheless, there has been one genuine positive for them in the form of West Indies international Andre Fletcher, who has been the stand-out batsman for the Stars.

In the first game of the week, the Stars stumbled to chase down a target of 197 set by the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots after Fletcher got them off to a flier with a knock of 48 runs in 33 balls. Against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Fletcher didnt go big, but he set the tone for the innings with a couple of boundaries.

He played a superlative hand against the Jamaica Tallawahs with an innings of 84 runs in 53 balls, which helped the Stars put up a decent total of 173 on the board. However, even after Fletcher’s batting spectacle, the Tallawahs traced down the target.

Sunil Narine has been outstanding in all departments on the field

Sunil Narine has easily been the pick of the players in the second week of the Caribbean Premier League. Apart from his skills with the ball, the off-spinner has shown tremendous potential with the bat in the recent times.

Against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Narine returned with figures of 4-0-16-2 and also scored 23 runs with a four and a six. The next game against the Barbados Tridents was more of Narine with the bat than with the ball.

He bowled well with figures of 4-0-17-0, but his batting overshadowed it on the day as he piled on his career best score of 79 runs in 45 balls. In the next encounter too, he was right on the money as he conceded only 26 runs for 2 wickets.

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Tropical Storm Harvey forms east of the Caribbean, forecasters say – Sun Sentinel

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A patch of churning clouds and storms east of the Caribbean formed into Tropical Storm Harvey on Thursday evening.

It has been given a 100 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next two days.

Its also expected to become a hurricane by Monday morning. At this point it is no threat to Florida.

But that was just one tropical hot spot being monitored in the Atlantic as we enter the busiest time of the Atlantic hurricane season.

We have entered the peak of the season, which is mid-August through late October, said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, in an email.

Hurricane Gert was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone Thursday evening. It was heading north in the Atlantic off Canada, was no threat and was expected to dissipate. But there were two other disturbances in the Atlantic as well that could become tropical cyclones.

The other two systems are too far out to determine if there will be any impacts onto the U.S. and Florida, Feltgen said.

Tropical Storm Harvey is headed toward the Windward Islands at 18 mph and is expected to bring two to four inches of rain with it. Maximum winds are gusting up to 40 mph, forecasters said.

By Monday morning it is expected to be Hurricane Harvey. Maximum wind speeds for hurricanes start at 74 mph and can exceed 155 mph.

Advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center for Tropical Storm Harvey show its so-called cone of error, which depicts on a map the range of impact zones. The cone has it moving straight west through the Caribbean Sea before making landfall as a hurricane anywhere between Nicaragua and Mexicos Yucatan Peninsula.

If it stays to the southern end of the cone, closer to Nicaragua, it could make landfall on Monday. If it stays to the north, closer to Mexico, landfall could be Tuesday.

The two disturbances in the Atlantic are still at least 2,000 miles from Florida. Those include:

— A low pressure system about 1,200 miles east of the eastern perimeter of the Caribbean. This one has been given a 70 percent chance of formation over the next 48 hours. But atmospheric conditions will be hostile to its survival, forecasters say.

— A wave of showers and thunderstorms near the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa has been given a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 5 days.

Although its early, forecasts show them tracking in the general direction of Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Neither disturbance poses an immediate threat to Florida.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter was scheduled to investigate the potential cyclone that could become Harvey on Thursday afternoon.

The Potential Tropical Cyclone advisories are new in 2017. Formerly, disturbances would have to become at least a depression before advisories were issued. The reason for the potential-cyclone advisories is to give people more warning, giving them more time to prepare.

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Meanwhile, The Weather Channels Bryan Norcross noted Thursday on Twitter that 25 years ago today, Tropical Storm Andrew was named. Seven days later, Hurricane Andrew would bring catastrophic damage to parts of then-Dade County (now Miami-Dade), especially the southern portion of the county.

[T]he NHC track forecast for Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, highly likely to become Tropical Storm Harvey (we’ll know soon in the 5 p.m. advisory)

is to move across the Caribbean Sea and well south of Florida. The other two systems are too far out to determine if there will be any impacts onto the U.S. and Florida.

We have entered the peak of the season, which is mid-August through late October.

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