Friday 16 November, 2018

Flooding still possible though Tropical Storm Watch lifted

Barbadians can breathe a sigh of relief, as the island is no longer under Tropical Storm Watch.

The Barbados Meteorological Services reports that at 11:00 am today,  Tropical Storm Beryl was 14.4N, 57.9W which is about 130 miles or 210 km to the northeast of the island. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph or 75 km/h and is moving towards the west-northwest at 23 mph or 37 km/h.

On this present position and the latest available forecast track, Tropical Storm Beryl no longer poses a direct threat to Barbados. 

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The Tropical Storm Watch for Barbados has therefore been discontinued. Some pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are still possible however, with rainfall accumulations of 25 - 50mm (1 to 2inches) with isolated higher amounts. It may hence become necessary to issue a Flood Warning at short notice.

Some deterioration in sea-conditions is still expected as Beryl moves over the area, with swells forecast to peak at around 3.0 m (10ft). Thus, a small-craft warning remains in effect for Barbados until 6:00 am on Monday, July 9. A small-craft warning means in this case that seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) will be affecting the marine area

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