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UPDATE: 5:00PM bulletin: Severe weather

The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to monitor the progress of a strong tropical wave about 300 statute miles (482 km) to the east of Barbados.

The system continues to track west to west northwest at about 15 to 20mph or 24 to 32kmh and is still showing signs of becoming better organized with most of the deep convection remaining to the north of the broad center.

A Hurricane Hunter investigated the system this afternoon and was not able to find a closed surface circulation.

However, environmental conditions remain conducive for continued gradual development over the next 12 – 24 hours, and a tropical depression/tropical storm could form at anytime during the course of the night or early tomorrow.

Regardless of tropical cyclone development, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, thunderstorms and winds gusting to storm force are likely to spread across the island late tonight into tomorrow.

Rainfall accumulations of four to eight inches (100 to 200 millimeters) are possible along the path of the system.

In addition, swells of four to five meters (12 to 15 feet) are expected in open water.

This will prompt a warning for small craft and sea bathers tonight and into tomorrow.

RESIDENTS IN BARBADOS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM.

THIS INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AT midnight or sooner if conditions warrant.

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