Tuesday 25 February, 2020

UPDATE: Barbados under Tropical Storm Watch

(Source: US National Hurricane Center)

(Source: US National Hurricane Center)

UPDATE [11:30 pm]: 

The BMS says Tropical Storm Maria is becoming "better organised" as it continues to move westward and is still expected to strengthen.

At 11:00 p.m the centre of Tropical Storm Maria was located near 12.5°N, 53.7°W at or about 380 miles or 612km east of Barbados. The system is moving westward near 16 mph (26 km/h), however, a slower west northwestward movement is expected over the next couple of days.

On this present track, the center is expected to pass approximately 100 miles to the north of Barbados Monday morning. Maximum sustained winds remain near 50mph (85km/h) with higher gusts and further strengthening is forecast. Minimum central pressure was 1002mb or 29.59inches.

As the system passes north of the island, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to spread across Barbados from late Sunday into Monday. Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125mm) are possible.

Due to the already saturated nature of the soil, a Flood Warning may be required at short notice. Residents are therefore urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least 4 to 6m (13 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. A High Surf Advisory and Small Craft Warning remain in effect until 12:00 noon Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

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UPDATE [8:15 p.m.]:

Tropical Storm Maria is moving westward and is expected to strengthen, the BMS said in an 8 p.m. bulletin.

At 8:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Maria was located near 12.4°N, 53.0°W at or about 435 miles or 700km east of Barbados.

The system is moving westward near 19 mph (30 km/h), however, a slower west northwestward movement is expected over the next few days.

On this present track, the center is expected to pass approximately 120 miles to the north of Barbados around midday on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 50mph (85km/h) with higher gusts and further strengthening is forecast. Minimum central pressure was 1002mb or 29.59inches.

As the system passes north of the island, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to spread across Barbados from late Sunday into Monday.

Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125mm) are possible. Due to the already saturated nature of the soil a Flood Warning may be required at short notice.

Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions. In addition, large easterly swells of at least 4 to 6m (13 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system.

A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning remains in effect until 12:00 noon Tuesday September 19, 2017.

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UPDATE [6:00 p.m.]:

Tropical Depression #15 has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Maria.

The Barbados Meteorological Services has advised that at 5:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Maria was located near 12.3°N, 52.6°W at or about 470 miles or 760km east south-east of Barbados.

The system is moving westward, however a slower west north-westward movement is expected over the next few days. On this present track, the centre is expected to pass approximately 120 miles to the north of Barbados around midday on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50mph (85km/h) with higher gusts and further strengthening is forecast. Minimum central pressure was 1002mb or 29.59inches.

As the system passes north of the island, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to spread across Barbados from late Sunday into Monday. Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125mm) are possible.

Due to the already saturated nature of the soil a Flood Warning may be required at short notice.

Residents are therefore urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least 4 to 6m (13 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will, therefore, be in effect from 6:00 p.m today Saturday, September 16, 2017.

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The Barbados Meteorological Service (BMS) has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Barbados.

In addition, a High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will be in effect from 6:00 p.m today, Saturday, September 16, 2017.

In a 2 p.m. bulletin, it noted that the strong tropical wave which was identified to the east-southeast of Barbados yesterday was upgraded to Potential Tropical Cyclone #15 at 11:00 a.m and was further upgraded to Tropical Depression #15 at 2:00p.m.

The centre of T.D #15 was located near 11.9°N, 51.6°W at or about 540miles or 870 km east south-east of Barbados at 2 p.m.

The system is expected to move westward to west-northwards over the next 24 hours and on this track, the center is forecast to pass near or just north of Barbados early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35mph (55km/h) with higher gusts. Minimum central pressure was 1006mb or 29.71inches.

Based on this information a Tropical Storm Warning may be issued at short notice.

Regardless of development, deteriorating conditions with pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to spread across Barbados from late Sunday into Monday.

Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125mm) are possible. Due to the already saturated nature of the soil a Flood Warning may be required at short notice.

Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least 4 to 6m (13 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. Therefore, a High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will be in effect from 6:00 p.m today Saturday, September 16, 2017.

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