RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Tropical Depression 16 strengthened to Tropical Storm Patty Thursday afternoon. Patty is barely at Tropical Storm force strength, but will mean a gusty, wet weekend for the Bahamas. Patty will likely hover on the Tropical Storm threshold this weekend, but be a Depression again by the time it tracks to Cuba early next week.
Keep track of the tropics HERE.
Tropical activity tends to drop off rapidly after Halloween as a result of cooler waters, more wind shear, and less disturbances to trigger tropical cyclone development.