Thursday 24 September, 2020

B'dos Met Office deems TS Paulette, Tropical Depression 18 no threat

Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Storm Eighteen
Photo courtesy National Hurricane Service

Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Storm Eighteen Photo courtesy National Hurricane Service

Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Depression Eighteen have formed in the Tropical Atlantic over the last 24 hours.

And Barbadians can expect outside to feel hotter as a direct result.

In an statement issued at 1:24 pm today (September 7), the Barbados Met Office has placed the center of Tropical Storm Paulette near 17.2 N 42.2 W and indicated that the system is moving toward the west-northwest at speeds near 3 mph (6 km/h).


It is expected to continue on a general west-northwestward to northwestward motion at a slightly faster speed during the next several days.

Meanwhile, the center of Tropical Depression Eighteen was located near 15.7 N 21.2 W and is moving toward the west-northwest at near 10 mph (17 km/h) and this general motion is expected over the next few days.

Tropical Depression Eighteen is forecast to become a tropical storm later today.

Based on the current locations and forecast tracks, the Barbados Met Office these systems pose no threat to Barbados at present. 

However, Barbados will be affected indirectly.

Officials are saying that as both Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Depression Eighteen move across the Tropical Atlantic, Barbadians should expect a reduction in wind speeds by mid-week. As a result, conditions during this time will be uncomfortably hot during the day and night.

Additionally, the localized activity will result in some districts experiencing afternoon showers.

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