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Flood warning issued as Harvey nears


Flood warning issued as Harvey nears

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AT 11 P.M. THE centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near 13.0°N, 57.4°W or about 140 miles (230 km) east of Barbados.

The system is moving westward at 18 mph/ 30 km/h and on this track, the centre is expected to pass near or over Barbados around 8 a.m. on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph (65km/h) with higher gusts. Harvey has minimum central pressure of 1005mb or 29.68 inches.

Pockets of moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms have started to affect the island and will continue to do so into tomorrow.

Rainfall accumulations of three to five inches (75 to 125 millimeters) and possible isolated higher amounts are forecasted.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least 2.5 to 3.0m (8 to 10 ft) are also forecasted to accompany the system. Thus, a small craft warning is in effect.

Some flash flooding has already been reported and a flood warning has been issued. It will remain in effect until noon on Friday.

Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

This information will be updated at 2 a.m.