Tropical Storm Lisa moving slowly

Tropical Storm Lisa continues to flounder in the far eastern Atlantic, not going anywhere fast.

At 8 a.m. on Wednesday, it was about 450 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, crawling northeast at 5 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph.

The long range forecast calls for it drift northwest for the next five days and remain a tropical storm, hampered by wind shear.

Of more immediate concern to Central America and possibly the U.S. Gulf states, a disturbance in the south-central Caribbean near Venezuela continues to strengthen as it moves west.

As of 8 a.m., it was given a 60 percent chance of developing and could be upgraded to a tropical depression later today, the National Hurricane Center said.

Although the system currently is aiming toward Honduras, Nicaragua or Mexico’s Yucatan, models indicate it might make a sharp turn to the north toward the Gulf of Mexico.

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