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Weather system approaching

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Weather system approaching

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PLANS FOR THE big Crop Over weekend could be affected by the weather.
The Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) said today that it was monitoring the progress of an area of low pressure centred near 11°North, 51° West, or about 600 miles (960 km) to the east-southeast of Barbados.
According to the BMS, the showers and thunderstorms accompanying the system have remained fairly persistent during the morning, and while environmental conditions are only marginally conducive for development, any additional strengthening could lead to the formation of a tropical depression within the next 12 to 24 hours.
“The system is moving towards the west-northwest at 15 to 20 miles per hour and this general motion is expected to continue over the next few days.
“On this present track the system is expected to begin affecting Barbados by tomorrow afternoon, with the likelihood of some pockets of moderate to heavy showers, scattered thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds. Some of this activity will persist into the first half of Saturday.”
The Met Office revealed that a hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system later this afternoon, if necessary. (GE/PR)