Weather Update – Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 Continues Rapid Movement Towards Southern Windward Islands
Potential Tropical Cyclone number Two continues to move rapidly towards the Southern Windward Islands.
Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for:
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The government of Barbados has discontinued the Tropical Storm warning for Barbados.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
At 8 AM, the disturbance was centered near latitude 8.7 north, longitude 55.7 west or about 400 miles or 645 km east southeast of Trinidad. The system is moving toward the west near 23 mph (37 km/h). A fast motion toward the west-northwest is expected for the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to move through the southern Windward Islands tonight and Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the disturbance is expected to reach tropical storm intensity as it moves through Windward Islands tonight and Tuesday.
Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with the disturbance continues to show signs of organization and additional development is likely during the next couple of days. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles/ 90 km mainly northwest through northeast of the center.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area overnight Monday and Tuesday morning, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
The disturbance is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over the Windward Islands Monday through Tuesday.
Despite the fact that no watches or warnings has been issued for Dominica, Residents are advised to monitor the progress of this system and to remain vigilant as a feeder band from the system could move across the island resulting in an increase in rainfall, possible thunderstorms and gusty winds by tonight into Tuesday and a flood watch or warning may be issued for Dominica by tonight. A small craft warning is already in effect for Dominica as of 6pm yesterday to 6pm on Tuesday for above normal seas and high winds.
The Dominica Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with the necessary updates. Next update will be at 11am.