UPDATE-Barbados pounded by Tropical Storm Matthew
Barbados continues to be pounded by heavy rains and winds associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.
At 5PM, the system was located at 13.8 degrees north or 62 degrees west, which puts it about 65 miles or 110 kilometres west of St Lucia.
The system is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 Kilometres per hour) and
is currently moving west at 18 miles per hour.
Following is the latest bulletin issued at 5PM by the National Hurricane Centre in Miami.
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
The government of the Netherlands has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Bonaire. The government of Curacao has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Curacao and the government of Aruba has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Aruba.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for… * Guadeloupe and Martinique * St. Lucia * Dominica, Barbados, St. Vincent, and the Grenadine Islands A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for… * Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 36 to 48 hours. Interests along the coast of Venezuela and Colombia should monitor the progress of Matthew. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 5PM AST (2100 UTC), the centre of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 13.8 North, longitude 62.0 West. Matthew is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the centre of Matthew will move away from the Windward Islands through this evening, and be over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Matthew is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) primarily to the northeast of the center. A wind gust to 54 mph (87 km/h) was reported at Martinique within the past few hours. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical storm conditions will continue through this evening over the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands within the warning. Tropical storm conditions are possible in Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba, beginning late Thursday. 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. Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected over Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao through Friday.