“Isaac steadily moving west”

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The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac over the Atlantic.

At this time no tropical storm/hurricane watches or warnings are in effect for Barbados.

At 5 p.m., Isaac was located near 14.6N 51.3W or about 560 miles (900 km) east of Barbados. Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph or 110 km/h. Storm force winds 105 miles or 165 km from the centre. Isaac continues to move westward at 17 mph or 28 km/h.

On the current projected track the center of this system is forecast to pass between 100 and 150 miles (160 to 240 km) north of Barbados early on Thursday morning.

An outer band associated with Isaac will bring some scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms to Barbados late tonight and early tomorrow. As the system progresses westward into the eastern Caribbean Sea, more organised convection trailing Isaac is expected to affect Barbados, bringing moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds from early Thursday morning and into Friday. Rainfall accumulations of two to four inches are possible.

Sea conditions are also forecast to deteriorate by tomorrow and will continue into Thursday with swells expected to peak near 3.5m in open water. A small-craft warning and a high-surf advisory will be in effect from 6 p.m., Wednesday 12th September, 2018 until further notice.

A small-craft warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25 knots and seas equal to or greater than three metres (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area.

A high-surf advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses or is expected to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone.

The BMS will continue to closely monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac and will update this information at 11 p.m. tonight. (PR)