Bajans told to prepare for tropical wave
BARBADIANS HAVE?BEEN told to prepare for bad weather tonight and tomorrow morning as a result of an approaching tropical wave.
A Barbados Meteorological Office official reported last night that they were monitoring a strong system in the central Atlantic with indications that it could become a tropical storm within the next 48 hours.
“It is a 70 per cent chance of this happening,” the official stated.
He said Barbados could be in for partly cloudy skies today with some scattered showers with possible thunder showers, and said they would issue further bulletins if the situation warrants.
The official said that a?United States airforce reserve hurricane hunter aircraft based in Miami was scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.
Local emergency services have been put on standby, according to Kerry Hinds, deputy director of the Department of Emergency Management.
Hinds urged Barbadians to stay tuned to the radio stations and ensure they have made all the necessary preparations.
“This is hurricane season, so we urge Barbadians to be prepared,” she said.
Barbadians were first alerted to the approaching system when the Met Office issued a statement at noon yesterday.
It said at that time that the system had the potential to generate “some moderate to heavy showers, scattered thunderstorms and gusty winds” as it moved across Barbados late today into tomorrow.
At 8 o’clock last night, the tropical wave was located about 1 050 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and was moving west-northwestward at around 25 mph. (SP/CA)