UPDATE: Tropical Storm Isaac, Helene heading West to island chain
[UPDATE: 9:00 pm] The two Tropical Depressions have both upgraded to Tropical Storms - Isaac and Helene, as off 5:00 pm today.
According to the National Hurricane Centre 8:00 pm update for Helene:
"HELENE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS FOR PORTIONS OF THE CABO VERDE ISLANDS TONIGHT AND SUNDAY...
LOCATION...13.6N 22.2W ABOUT 125 MI...200 KM SE OF PRAIA IN THE CABO VERDE ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 275 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS: None.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * The Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * The Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo, and Brava
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 12 to 24 hours.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 to 24 hours."
Tonight, the Forecaster at the Barbados Meteorologist Services (BMS) additionally told Loop News:
"Isaac at 5 pm was 1640 miles or 2640 km East of the Windward islands, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and moving West at 7 mph with a minimal central pressure of 1005 mmb."
The NHC added, " Issac is moving in a westward motion with an increase in forward speed are expected during the next few days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.
"Additional strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Isaac could become a hurricane by Monday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center."
Barbadians, visitors cautioned to monitor 2 Tropical Depressions
[Original post: 2:05 pm, Saturday, September 8, 2018]
The Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) is monitoring the progress of two weather systems over the central and far eastern Atlantic and is cautioning Barbadians and visitors on island to do the same.
At 5 p.m, yesterday, Friday, both systems were upgraded to Tropical Depression status. Tropical Depression #8 was located near 13.2N 18.6W or about 405 mi or 650 km ESE of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands. On the current projected track this system is forecast to move well into the north Atlantic by the middle of next week.
Of more significance at this time is Tropical Depression #9 which was located near 13.6N 34.9W or about 1755 mi or 2820 km east of the Lesser Antilles. The system is currently stationary. Some forecast models indicate the potential for further development of this system over the next four to five days and based on current forecast track projections, it could pose a threat to the islands of the Lesser Antilles as it approaches the region towards the middle of next week.
The BMS will continue to closely monitor the progress of these two systems and will update this information at it becomes necessary. RESIDENTS IN BARBADOS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THESE SYSTEMS.
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