Update: Midnight bulletin for severe weather system
Senior Meteorologist at the Barbados Meteorological Service Clairmont Lewis says Barbados will not be as severely impacted by the approaching tropical wave as initially predicted.
In its 12:00 p.m. bulletin, the Met Office explained that the system was on west-northwesterly track and most of the activity would pass north of Barbados.
The Met office has significantly reduced the level of rainfall expected, saying the island should now expect between two to four inches down from the four to eight inches
Sea swells were now expected to reach between three to four metres.
Lewis however cautioned Barbadians to remain alert for pockets of moderate to heavy showers, occasional gusty winds and scattered thunderstorms.
Below is the full bulletin issued by the Barbados Met Service at midnight.
Investigations by reconnaissance aircraft this afternoon indicated that the strong tropical wave to the east of Barbados has not yet become a tropical depression. However, the system is producing winds near tropical storm force and the accompanying thunderstorm activity remains reasonably well organized. Environmental conditions are conducive for continued gradual development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could still form during the course of the night or early tomorrow.
Based on analysis of satellite imagery during the past few hours, the system appears to be taking a more west-northwesterly track at about 15 to 20 mph or 24 to32 kmh. On this track most of the stronger winds and deeper convection should pass north of the island.
However, regardless of tropical cyclone development, some pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds are expected to spread across the island today Wednesday.
Rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimeters) are possible, with sea swells of 3 to 4 meters (10 to 13 feet) in open water. This will prompt a warning for small craft and sea bathers into tomorrow.
RESIDENTS IN BARBADOS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM.
THIS INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AT 6:00AM tomorrow or sooner if conditions warrant.