SiteLock

UPDATE: All clear given for Barbados after passage of Tropical Storm Matthew

storm_watch-warning

Storm warning discontinued for Barbados.

 The Department of Emergency Management has issued the all clear for Barbados.

Effective 10 p.m. the Barbados Meteorological Services has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for Barbados.

The DEM has advised that the all-clear will not be given tonight. DEM Director Kerry Hinds noted that they do not usually give the all-clear at night to avoid persons moving around in low visibility.

All schools and businesses are to remain closed tomorrow, Thursday September 29.

Reports reaching the DEM’s operations centre indicated that during the day there were 17 fallen trees across the island; seven fallen utility poles and four reports of damage to houses in Belleville, Friendship, Brittons Hill and Moncrieffe in St. Philip. Flooding has been reported across the island and there were partial water shutdowns in some areas.

The evening forecast from the Barbados Met Office says that conditions are overcast with some moderate to heavy scattered showers, periods of rain, isolated thunderstorms and winds gusting up to storm force. Seas are very rough in open water with swells 4.0 – 6.0.m. A small craft warning is in effect for above normal sea swells. Similar conditions are expected to continue into tomorrow as Tropical Storm Matthew continues to affect the island.

In a 5 p.m. bulletin the US-based National Hurricane Center advised that the centre of TS Matthew is moving into the Eastern Caribbean Sea and tropical storm conditions continue over portions of the Lesser Antilles.

It is located at 13.8N 62.0W, with maximum sustained winds at 60 miles per hour.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Bonaire, Curacao an Aruba.

A 2 p.m. interim advisory from the US-based National Hurricane Center notes that tropical storm conditions are spreading across portions of the Lesser Antilles.

According to the NHC, on the forecast track, the centre of Matthew will move away from the Windward Islands through this evening, and be over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Matthew could become a hurricane by Friday.

Rainfall of about 4 to 8 inches is expected across the Windward Islands and southern portions of the Leeward Islands through to Thursday. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, has advised the public exercise all necessary precautions and remain indoors for their own safety until further notice.

There are currently three people in shelters, one each at Lester Vaughan School, Combermere School, St. Christopher Primary.

She further noted that due to worsening conditions, a small craft warning is in effect  for above normal swells and Barbados Light & Power first responders are no longer outdoors.

The tropical disturbance that has been approaching Barbados has now been updated to a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida stated at 11 am, that Tropical Storm Matthew formed in the Windward Islands.

It further noted that a tropical storm warning is effect for Barbados:

“The government of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Barbados, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands.”

The tropical disturbance which has been approaching Barbados, has now been updated to a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida stated at 11 am, that Tropical Storm Matthew formed in the Windward Islands.

It further noted that a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados:

“The government of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Barbados, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands.”

Meanwhile, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the French Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. and the Government of St. Lucia has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for St. Lucia.

The bulletin further noted:

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 13.4 North, longitude 60.7 West. Matthew is moving toward the west near 21 mph (33 km/h). A westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.  On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move through the Windward Islands during the next couple of hours, and move over the eastern Caribbean Sea through Friday.

Reports from an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Matthew could become a hurricane by Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) primarily to the northeast of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND:

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread over the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands within the next few hours and continue into this evening.

RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches across the Windward Islands and southern portions of the Leeward Islands through Thursday. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected farther to the north into the northern Leeward Islands, including the United States and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

 

 

Re-posted from: http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/tropical-storm-matthew-approaching-barbados