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Weather system is now Tropical Storm Harvey


Weather system is now Tropical Storm Harvey

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THE AREA OF low pressure to the east of Barbados is now Tropical Storm Harvey.

At 5 p.M. the centre of the system was located near 13.0°N, 55.8°W or about 250 miles (400 km) east of Barbados.

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

Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph (65km/h) with higher gusts. Minimum central pressure was recorded at 1004 mb or 29.65 inches.

Deteriorating conditions with pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to spread across Barbados later tonight and into tomorrow.

Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125 millimetres) and possible isolated higher amounts are forecast.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least 2.5 to 3.0 m (8 to 10 feet) are also forecasted to accompany the system.

A Small Craft Warning is in effect from 6 p.m today.

Some flooding is likely in low-lying areas and residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

This information will be updated at 8 p.m. (PR/NB)