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Met Office continues to monitor system


Met Office continues to monitor system

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The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to monitor an area of disturbed weather, located 12.5N 52W, about 825 km or 510 miles east of Barbados.

The system is moving westward near 20 to 25 mph.

Rainfall accumulations of 25 to 75mm (one to three inches) with isolated higher amounts are likely as this system traverses the area. A small craft warning is in effect for above normal swell heights from 6 p.m. today,  Barbados Meteorological Services said.

In addition, the National Hurricae Centre (NHC) said although recent satellite imagery suggests that the system does not yet have a well-defined centre, data from NOAA buoy 41040 indicate that the system is producing winds near tropical-storm-force.

NHC said a United States Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon and will provide more information about the current state of the disturbance. 

“Locally heavy rain is likely across portions of the Lesser Antilles beginning later today and continuing through Wednesday, especially in the Leeward Islands. These conditions will spread westward to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday night and Thursday.

“Interests on these islands should continue to monitor the progress of this system and tropical storm watches or warnings could be required for portions of the area later today,” the NHC said. (PR)