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Storm force winds likely from Saturday


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Storm force winds likely from Saturday

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Barbados Meteorological Services issued the latest hurricane advisory just after 8 a.m. today.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 9.8N Longitude 47.9W or about 817MI…1315 km East South-East of Barbados at 8 a.m. Maximum sustained winds are 65 mph or 100 km/h. Present movement W or 270 degrees at 12 mph or 19 km/k. Minimum central pressure is 997 MB or 29.44 inches

“A general westward motion at a faster forward speed is expected followed by a turn toward the west-northwest on Saturday. On its current forecast track, the centre of Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to pass approximately 80 miles (128 km) to the south of Barbados on Saturday.

“Further strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane later today. However, the intensity forecast remains very problematic and of low confidence due to the small size of the cyclone and occasional dry air entrainment.”

Sustained storm force winds are likely to spread across Barbados from Saturday, increasing to hurricane force by Saturday afternoon, furing which time, sustained wind speeds of 62 to 87 mph (100 to 140 km/h) with higher gusts are likely to affect the island.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo is also likely to generate rough to very rough sea swells.

The next advisory will be issued at 11 a.m., followed by an intermediate advisory at 2 p.m. (PR)

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