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Tropical Depression #11 forms


Tropical Depression #11 forms

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The area of low pressure just east of the Lesser Antilles has become Tropical Depression #11.

At 5 a.m. Tropical Depression #11 was located near 13.0N 53.5W or about 405 miles (650 km) east of Barbados.

A statement issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services at 6 a.m. today said the system is presently drifting towards the west near 5mph (7km/h).

A slow westward or west-northwestward motion is expected during the next couple of days. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 MB or 29.74 inches.

Maximum sustained winds are 35mph (55km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected during the next 24 hours since strong westerly shear is expected to persist and will most likely prevent the depression from getting any better organised.

Thus, the depression is forecast to dissipate to an open wave/area of low pressure by Sunday night before it reaches the Lesser Antilles. 

Regardless of development, some isolated pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are still likely to affect Barbados by Monday, September 24.

This statement will be updated if conditions warrant. (PR)