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Tropical Storm Don: 11 a.m. update


Tropical Storm Don: 11 a.m. update

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A TROPICAL STORM watch remains in effect for Barbados although Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft show that Tropical Storm Don has weakened over the past few hours.

In an 11 a.m. update, the Barbados Meteorological Services said sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph (63 to 118 km/h) were expected within six hours.

The centre of the storm was located near Latitude 11.5 North, Longitude 58.0 West or about 155 miles (250 km) south-east of Barbados.

Don is moving toward the west at near 20 mph (31 km/hr). Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 40mph (65 km/hr) with higher gusts.

Storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55km) from the center of Don. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1011mb (29.86 inches).

On its present track, the centre of Don is still expected to pass about 90 to 100 miles to the south of Barbados this afternoon before moving across the southern Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea on Wednesday.

 Cloudy to overcast skies, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms along with breezy conditions are still likely to affect the island during the afternoon.

Rainfall accumulations of at least one inch (25 mm) are still possible. Above-normal easterly swells of 2.5 to 3.0m (8 to 10ft) are also forecasted to affect mainly the east, northeast and south-east coastlines of Barbados. (PR)