Potential Tropical Cyclone heading towards Leeward islands, expected in Puerto Rico tonight

Potential Tropical Cyclone heading towards Leeward islands, expected in Puerto Rico tonight

The Potential Tropical Cyclone which the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has been
closely monitoring, is likely to cause heavy rainfall and gusty winds over portions of the Leeward Islands
today into tonight.

According to a release from the TTMS, the potential Tropical Cyclone means that the system is not yet a tropical cyclone, but it poses a threat of bringing tropical cyclone conditions to land areas within the next 48 hours.

At 05:00 am today, Wednesday, the disturbance was located near 15.3N 61.3W or about 10 km south of Dominica and approximately 615 km east-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It is moving towards the west-northwest near 37 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h.

On its projected track, the centre will move through the Southern Leeward Islands during the next few hours and near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight.

At this time, the system poses no threat to Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its dependencies.

The TTMS will continue to closely monitor the weather and will advise the public whenever it is necessary.

It said citizens should always pay close attention to information being issued by the TTMS by visiting www.metoffice.gov.tt and following them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

According to the National Hurricane Centre, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Antigua,
  • Barbuda,
  • Montserrat,
  • St. Kitts, Nevis,
  • Anguilla
  • Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy
  • Saba and St. Eustatius
  • St. Maarten
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic from Cabo Caucedo eastward to Cabo Engano and then westward along the northern coast to the Dominican Republic/Haiti border
  • North coast of Haiti from Le Mole St Nicholas eastward to the northern border with the Dominican Republic

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Dominican Republic from the southern Haiti border eastward to Cabo Caucedo
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Southeastern Bahamas Interests in the central and northwestern Bahamas and Cuba should monitor the progress of this system.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.