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Dorian strengthens


Dorian strengthens

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Barbados remains under Tropical Storm Warning as Tropical Storm Dorian has strengthened.

At 5 p.m. Dorian was centred near 11.5N 54.2W or about 375 miles (605 km) east-southeast of Barbados. Maximum sustained winds are now near 50 mph (85km/h), with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the centre. The minimum central pressure is 1003mb (29.62 inches).

The system continues to move towards the west at 14 mph (22 km/h) and the centre of Dorian is expected to pass over or near Barbados late tomorrow.

Sustained surface winds between 50 to 60mph (80 to 97km/h) with higher gusts are expected to spread across Barbados tomorrow afternoon and into early Tuesday morning.

Pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms are also expected. Rainfall of two to four inches (50 to 100 mm) is possible and some flash-flooding is likely in low-lying areas. Residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

Large sea swells of 2.5 to 3.5 metres (eight to 12 feet) are also forecast to accompany the system. Large waves and dangerous rip-tides can be expected.

A high-surf advisory and small-craft warning will be in effect from 12 p.m. tomorrow until 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 27. (PR)