Maria expected to become a hurricane later today

Tropical Storm Maria is expected to become a hurricane later today as a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados.

At 8 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 13.3 North, longitude 55.6 West. Maria is
moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion with a further reduction in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will be near the Leeward Islands Monday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km)from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches).

As the system draws closer to the region, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to spread across Barbados from later this morning 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 remains in effect until 12 noon Tuesday, September 19.

25 Responses to Maria expected to become a hurricane later today

  1. Matthew Adams
    Matthew Adams September 17, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Come on Bajan force field!

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  2. Omiana Miller Angela Miller
    Omiana Miller Angela Miller September 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Bajans come on if something is expected dont accept it pray god in want his people to just sit for these things talk to him .

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  3. MArk Anthony
    MArk Anthony September 17, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Pray all you want hurricanes don’t care . Saints and sinners rooftops will be flying this same time tomorrow.

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  4. BOBO... Not a real Clown . September 17, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Don’t hesitate and then try to be running here and there to get water ,food, emergency light,etc. Do iot while there is enough time. No one wants to be stuck in traffic or a Supermarket at the last moment during situation where the weather is getting worse or threatening. Use your God given smarts ,be prepared ,and don’t be left without the necessities you would want to have at home in case there is an emergency. Don’t be caught wandering around in heavy rains,winds,with debris flying around or in your path. Don’t try playing Superman, or Mr. Tough ,because bad weather ,don’t have any favorites.

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  5. harry turnover September 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    People as long as the centre is expected to pass to the north of the Island ,the strongest winds and the heaviest rainfall will occur well to the Northeast of the Island although we can expect some moderate to heavy showers,thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds as the Met Office has said
    ….and remember to listen to the Met Office or log on to the National Hurricane Centre for the Official information and not to follow some those who look at cloud pictures and determine how the system is moving and will move.

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  6. Roberta Ford
    Roberta Ford September 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Omg so awful

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  7. Patricia Harvey September 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    The stupidity of our modern brand of Bajans who have seen nothing yet is so palpable it can be felt. It amazes me that so many millions are spent to produce such crass stupidity. Because these fools have no respect for God nor man, they think a hurricane is an entertainment event. …and they love to plaster their idiocy on social media gor the world to behold. Steuuupes.

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    • John Everatt September 17, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      No. I think they just want a day or two off work.

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  8. Patricia Harvey September 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    The stupidity of our modern brand of Bajans who have seen nothing yet is so palpable it can be felt. It amazes me that so many millions are spent to produce such crass stupidity. Because these fools have no respect for God nor man, they think a hurricane is an entertainment event. …and they love to plaster their idiocy on social media for the world to behold. Steuuupes.

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  9. Felicia Trotman
    Felicia Trotman September 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    when it goes north expect the prayer warriors & god is a bajan brigades to be out in full force claiming victory!

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  10. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown September 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Praying for all to be safe! kmow we did not create ourself or the universe.

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  11. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson September 17, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Man nobody int saying God int real but I know he don’t favor Barbados. So to pray it miss us is selfish and self-centered behavior. Let’s pray everyone is safe and sheltered

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    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams September 18, 2017 at 3:49 am

      The geographic location is awesome. There is something special about 13.1N 59W. Of course we shouldn’t be so wicked as to not love our neighbour as ourselves.

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  12. jrsmith September 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    All these happenings just how the world show everyone who is in control pray ,sing jump up and down means nothing the weather will come and go when it pleases …………….

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  13. Helena Dee
    Helena Dee September 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    very scarry….ekkkeess

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  14. Colleen E Harvey September 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Pray she stays away from Barbados.

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  15. Hawn Gsion
    Hawn Gsion September 17, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Maria is a hurricane now

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