Tropical Storm Dorian Approaches Barbados

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Tropical Storm Dorian Approaches Barbados

In their 5:00 p.m. advisory, the Met Office advised that Tropical Storm Dorian was centered near 12.7N, 58.8W or about 60 miles (95 km) southeast of Barbados. The system continues moving towards the west-northwest at 14 mph (22 km/h).

On this track, the center of Dorian is expected to pass over or near Barbados later this evening/early tonight.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95km/h), with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the centre.

Wind speeds across the island have gradually increased during the past 2–3 hours, with sustained surface winds of 50 to 60mph (85 to 97km/h), and higher gusts expected to spread across Barbados later this evening and persist into early Tuesday morning.

Cloudy to overcast skies and scattered showers have already started to affect the island, and conditions are expected to further deteriorate into tonight with pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms.

Rainfall accumulations of at least 4 to 6 inches (100 to 150 mm) are expected with the possibility of higher isolated amounts.

As a result, some flash-flooding is likely in low-lying areas and residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

Large easterly to south-easterly swells of 2.5 to 3.5m (8 to 12ft) are also forecast to accompany the system, and low-lying coastlines around the island will be particularly vulnerable at times of the high tide.

Large waves and dangerous rip-tides can be expected, and these will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators and fishermen. A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning are in effect until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, 27th August 2019. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are also advised to stay out of the water.