Barbados remains under Tropical Storm Watch

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in place for Barbados as Tropical Storm Maria continues to move westward.

At 8 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Maria was located near 12.4°N, 53.0°W or about 435 miles or 700km east of Barbados. The system is moving westward near 19 mph (30 km/h), however, a slower west north-westward movement is expected over the next few days. On this present track, the centre is expected to pass approximately 120 miles to the north of Barbados around midday on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 50mph (85km/h) with higher gusts and further strengthening is forecast. Minimum central pressure was 1002mb or 29.59inches.

As the system passes north of the island, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to spread across Barbados from late Sunday into Monday. Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches (75 to 125mm) are possible.

Due to the already saturated nature of the soil, a Flood Warning may be required at short notice. Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

In addition, large easterly swells of at least 4 to 6m (13 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. Hence, a High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning remain in effect until 12 noon Tuesday, September 19.

9 Responses to Barbados remains under Tropical Storm Watch

  1. MArk Anthony
    MArk Anthony September 16, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    On the present track it would pass a little south of Barbados if not the eye will pass right over Barbados. It will only pass north if it starts to move west northwest.

  2. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee September 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Be safe.

  3. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee September 16, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Guess it is not as bad as we on the outside are thinking if the Miss Universe Show is going on ,,,


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