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Weather system is now Tropical Storm Matthew


Weather system is now Tropical Storm Matthew

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A TROPICAL STORM warning is now in effect for Barbados as well Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

At 11 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 13.4 North, longitude 60.7 West.

Matthew is moving toward the west near 21 mph (33 km/h). A westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. 

On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move through the Windward Islands during the next couple of hours, and move over the eastern Caribbean Sea through Friday.

Reports from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. 

Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days and Matthew could become a hurricane by Friday.

Most Barbadians contnue to remain indoors as they brace for the impact. 

This morning the ABC Highway from the Graeme Hall roundabout to Warrens was virtually a ghost town as there was no vehicular traffic in sight.

Gas stations, supermarkets and other businesses are also closed to business until the all clear is given. (NB/AD)