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Barbados remains under storm warning as TS Harvey approaches

Amanda Lynch-Foster

Barbados remains under storm warning as TS Harvey approaches

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BARBADOS REMAINS UNDER a Tropical Storm warning and a flood warning. At 2:00 AM the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near 13.0°N, 58.1°W or about 95 miles (155 km) east of Barbados.

The system is moving westward at 17 mph/28 km/h and on this track the centre is still expected to pass near or over Barbados at 8:00 am on Friday morning.

Speaking during the 2:00 am media briefing Meteorologist Sabu Best of the Barbados Meteorological Service noted that the frequent thunderstorms which have been experienced for the past several hours were expected to continue for another hour or two. He said there would then be a break and then further showers as the center gets closer to the island.

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 frequent thunderstorms are affecting the island and will continue to do so. Stations across the island have already observed rain of 25-50 mm or one to two inches. A further 50 to 75 mm or two to three inches of rain is possible. Large easterly swells are also forecast and a small craft warning remains in effect.