Maria to start affecting Barbados today

Barbados is expected to begin feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Maria later today.

At 11 p.m. Saturday, the centre of Maria was located near 12.5 degrees north, 53.7 degrees west or about 380 miles or 612 kilometres east of the island.

The system is moving westward near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h). However, a slower west northwestward movement is expected over the next couple of days.

On this present track, forecasters say the centre of the storm is expected to pass approximately 100 miles to the north of Barbados on Monday morning.

Late Saturday, the system was packing maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour (85km/h) with higher gusts and further strengthening was expected.

As Maria passes north of the island, the Barbados Meteorological Services said pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds were due to spread across the island from late Sunday into Monday.

“Rainfall accumulations of three to five inches (75 to 125mm) are possible [and] 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,” the met office said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

“Large easterly swells of at least four to six metres (13 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. Hence, a high-surf advisory and small craft warning remain in effect until noon Tuesday, September 19,” it added.


42 Responses to Maria to start affecting Barbados today

  1. Vad50 September 17, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Praying for the people and island of Barbados. May the Almighty shelter you under his wingd.

  2. Vad50 September 17, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Praying for the people and island of Barbados. May the Almighty shelter you under his wings.

  3. Tina Brianna
    Tina Brianna September 17, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Almighty father thank you for seeing us through every storm. You are a shelter from the storm

  4. Tracey Owens
    Tracey Owens September 17, 2017 at 1:59 am


  5. Marie Grant
    Marie Grant September 17, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Rhonda Grant

  6. Daniel Keeble
    Daniel Keeble September 17, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Sonia McQuade

  7. Dwayne Babb
    Dwayne Babb September 17, 2017 at 3:25 am

    CarolAnn Walkes

  8. Lori Anne Stoute
    Lori Anne Stoute September 17, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Stay safe everyone.

  9. seagul September 17, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Positive blessings and prayers unto my isle–giving thanks and hope.

  10. Roxanne Why
    Roxanne Why September 17, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Be safe you all!!!

  11. Lisa Price
    Lisa Price September 17, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Please stay safe and out of harms way

  12. Abeda Adam
    Abeda Adam September 17, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Princess Amina

  13. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 17, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I wonder if Maria is looking for Tomas.Tell her she is to early for that come back next month

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 17, 2017 at 9:28 am

      She chasing Jose

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray September 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Why I said Tomas is that her husband pass a while

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray September 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      And Tomas was hurricane that pass this way in 2010

  14. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee September 17, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Stay safe

  15. Claire Sarah
    Claire Sarah September 17, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Stay safe beautiful people

  16. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade September 17, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Maria will not touch barbados no way stay safe

    • Rosan Als
      Rosan Als September 17, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Don’t be to cocky we are all the same

    • Winnie Meade
      Winnie Meade September 17, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Rosan als what what do you want to say please

    • Rosan Als
      Rosan Als September 17, 2017 at 8:05 am

      That we are not special when it comes to hurricanes, storms or any natural disaster to they have we must be humble and thank god we haven’t be touch so never say never I was in tortola and st Thomas this June and I feel it that is why I am always humble no matter what the situation good or bad

    • harry turnover September 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      The eye will not…the surrounding cloud have already.

  17. Lynn Allford
    Lynn Allford September 17, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Stay safe xx

  18. tedd September 17, 2017 at 8:09 am

    the eye will miss us but the bands wont. there will definitely be flooding and all are asked to clear drains to avoid flooding. the damage will be more from water than winds.

  19. Barbara Stack
    Barbara Stack September 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Stay safe!

  20. Caroline Foster
    Caroline Foster September 17, 2017 at 9:12 am

    What about school MOE??????? Some parents know what they will do but an official statement is required.

  21. Jonah Banks September 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hope all of the Caribbean doesn’t get hit

  22. Jodi Moosberger-Springer
    Jodi Moosberger-Springer September 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Stay safe my family. Praying for all

  23. Denise Hughes-Lucking
    Denise Hughes-Lucking September 17, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Stay safe all Bajans.

  24. Cornellius John September 17, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Well Well Well

  25. Sweetpea Darling
    Sweetpea Darling September 17, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Gm peeps stay safe our captain will be on board once again

  26. Melisa Mohamed
    Melisa Mohamed September 17, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Anna Charran Fayzul Charran Anand Ramkisson

  27. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli September 17, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Beware Femail storms are always very strong

  28. Claudette Ann Campbell
    Claudette Ann Campbell September 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Stay safe everyone​

  29. Kayden Jada
    Kayden Jada September 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    She beating us with lots of rain. All thanks to God almighty he in the mist of everything praise his name amen.

  30. Marcell Phillips September 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I would like people to STOP making mock sport of these storm/hurricanes. eg. One chasing the other This is no time for that, we have to take these hurricanes serious, and be real about what is going on around us.

  31. Betty Mottley Roundtree
    Betty Mottley Roundtree September 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Praying family, friends and the entire island.

  32. Kathie Ann Mayers cox September 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I ask God To Wrap his Arms around Barbados /Bim /The Rock the residents and Their homes God do not put nothing on them that they unable to bear In Your Name Jesus Amen Barbados is a Bless Island

  33. Sherie Proverbs
    Sherie Proverbs September 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Stay safe

  34. Jessica Amy
    Jessica Amy September 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    My prayers are with y’all!


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