Tropical Storm Don: 8 a.m. update
A TROPICAL STORM Watch remains in effect for Barbados.
This means that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph/ 63 to 118 km/h) are possible somewhere within the specified area, in this case within the next 12 hours in association with Tropical Storm Don.
According to the Barbados Meteorological Services, at 8 a.m. the centre of Don was located near latitude 11.4 north, longitude 57.0 west or about 210 miles (35 km) east-southeast of Barbados.
Don is moving toward the west at near 18 mph (30 km/hr).
Maximum sustained winds have increased to 50mph (85 km/hr) with higher gusts.
Storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55km) from the center of Don.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1010mb (29.82 inches).
On its present track, the center of Don is expected to pass about 90 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, isolated pockets of moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms along with occasional gusty winds will start to affect the island during the early afternoon.
Rainfall accumulations of at least two to three inches (50 to 75 mm) are possible.
Some flash-flooding is likely in flood-prone areas.
Above-normal easterly swells of 3.0 to 3.5m (10 to 12ft) are also forecast.
Residents in Barbados should continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Don and take all necessary precautions.
An updated advisory will be issued at 11 a.m. today.
This and other related information may be obtained from www.barbadosweather.org, Barbados Meteorological Services’ Facebook page or by dialling 976- 2376. (PR)