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Tropical Storm Matthew forms

Barbados today issued a Tropical Storm warning, as Tropical Storm Matthew formed in the Atlantic.

At 11AM, the system was located 13.4 degrees north or 60.7 degrees west, which is about 55 kilometres south east of St. Lucia or 55 Kilometres east north east of St Vincent 
Forecasters say the system is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 60 
miles per hour.
It is currently moving west or 275 degrees at 21 miles per hour.

Following is the text of the latest bulletin issued by the National Hurricane Centre in Miami:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the French Islands of
Guadeloupe and Martinique.

The government of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for
Barbados, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands.

The government of St. Lucia has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for
St. Lucia.


A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Guadeloupe and Martinique
* St. Lucia
* Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent, and the Grenadine Islands

Interests in Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, and elsewhere in the Lesser
Antilles should monitor the progress of Matthew.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was
located near latitude 13.4 North, longitude 60.7 West. Matthew is
moving toward the west near 21 mph (33 km/h). A westward motion with
some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of
days.  On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move
through the Windward Islands during the next couple of hours, and
move over the eastern Caribbean Sea through Friday.

Reports from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft indicate
that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher
gusts.  Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next couple of
days, and Matthew could become a hurricane by Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km)
primarily to the northeast of the centre.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread over
the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands within
the next few hours and continue into this evening.

RAINFALL:  Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall
accumulations of 4 to 8 inches across the Windward Islands and
southern portions of the Leeward Islands through Thursday.  These
rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.
Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected farther to the north
into the northern Leeward Islands, including the United States and
British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


3 Responses to Tropical Storm Matthew forms

  1. Hamza Bourne
    Hamza Bourne September 28, 2016 at 11:26 am

    We need the all clear

  2. Lucinda Pixar
    Lucinda Pixar September 28, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Seems alot of information is being held back on the system updates not giving enough information ….. If you going say what’s going on out half of Barbadian not known what to expect and why there no water yet still water authority saying there no shut down.


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