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Barbados still under storm watch


CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Barbados still under storm watch

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Barbados remains under a Tropical Storm watch this morning.
A release from the Barbados Meteorological Services stated that storm conditions are possible within the next six to 12 hours, as the Tropical Depression moves a little closer to the region with little change.
In the latest weather bulletin issued at 8 this morning, Met officials said at that time the center of the depression was located near 14.0°N 57.5°W or about 150 miles or 240 km to the east-north-east of Barbados.
“The depression is moving towards the west at about 24mph….39 km/h and on this track  the center of the system is expected to pass about 80 miles to the north of Barbados later this afternoon,” stated the bulletin.
It also noted that satellite imagery shows that most of the deep convection is now occurring on the southern side of the center and this increases the chances of more severe weather affecting Barbados later today and tonight.
“Thus moderate to heavy showers, scattered thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds can be expected during this period. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph…55km/h with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is likely during the next  12 to 24 hours and the depression could become a tropical storm as it approaches the Windward Islands.”
The next advisory is expected at 11 a.m. (CM/PR)

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