Tropical storm warning issued for Martinique, Barbados, St Lucia and St Vincent

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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MIAMI, United States (CMC) – A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for the islands of Martinique, Barbados, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica as a low pressure system centred about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has become better organised.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24-36 hours.

According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami, environmental conditions appear generally conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form later on Thursday as the system moves westward at about 15 mph.

In the advisory issued on Thursday afternoon, the NHC said the disturbance was moving towards the west and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

On the forecast track, the disturbance should move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

The disturbance is expected to become a tropical cyclone by late Thursday and it could become a tropical storm before reaching the Windward Islands.

Satellite imagery indicates the disturbance is close to becoming a tropical cyclone.

Meanwhile, shower activity associated with a second area of low pressure located about midway between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles has also become a little better organised over the past 24 hours.

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