Hurricane Tammy moving through Eastern Caribbean with flooding rain, gusty winds

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Hurricane Tammy moving through Eastern Caribbean with flooding rain, gusty winds

Hurricane Tammy strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Friday before bearing down on islands that make up the eastern Caribbean.

Several of the northern Lesser Antilles reported gusty winds and angry seas before the heart of Hurricane Tammy moved through.

Weather conditions are expected to remain squally through the weekend as the late-season hurricane passes through the islands.

Once the cyclone passes through, attention will turn to an area of the Caribbean not so far away that this being monitored for the chance of development.

Hurricane Tammy is moving through islands such as Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to around 80 mph with higher gusts, and the National Hurricane Center says fluctuations in the cyclone’s strength are likely during the next 24 hours.

Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis are now under Hurricane Warnings.
Tammy is moving west-northwest at 9 mph and a more significant northward turn is expected to happen at any time.

On this track, the center of Hurricane Tammy will continue to moved over the Leeward Islands on Saturday.

Heavy rainfall is also expected across the region while Tammy spins across the eastern Caribbean.

Depending on the exact tract of the cyclone, some islands could see at least a foot of rainfall.

Rainfall totals of 1-2 inches with higher amounts of up to 4 inches are expected in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands into eastern Puerto Rico.

Those rains may produce flash and urban flooding, along with isolated mudslides in the higher terrain.