HERE IS ADVISORY #1 FOR BARBADOS ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION #5

Posted: August 1, 2012 in Caribbean News
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Issued by The Barbados Meteorological Services  at 5:00 p.m on Wednesday, 1st August, 2012.

The low pressure centre in the Mid-Atlantic has strengthened to TROPICAL DEPRESSION #5.
A TROPICAL STORM-WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR BARBADOS.

A Tropical Storm watch meant that Tropical Storm Conditions are likely to affect the island, in this case, in less than  36 hours.

AT 5:00 PM AST…2100 UTC… The centre of Tropical Depression #5 was located near  LATITUDE 12.2 NORTH…LONGITUDE 49.0 WEST OR ABOUT 700 MILES…1130 KM TO EAST-SOUTHEAST of Barbados.

The Depression is moving toward the THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT NEAR 18 MPH…30 KM/HR…

On this present track, the centre of the system is expected to pass just north of Barbados, early on Friday Morning. . . and move across the central Lesser Antilles late Friday evening.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH…55KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1008 MB…29.77 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

Regardless of the fact that the strongest winds associated with the system are expected to occur north of the centre, we still anticipate significant rainfall and squally conditions across Barbados.

Sea conditions are predicted to be…ABOVE-NORMAL SWELLS which will give RESULTS BY AS MUCH AS 9 TO 12 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS MAINLY ALONG THE EASTERN COAST OF BARBADOS.

REPEATING THE 5:00 PM POSITION…12.2 N..49.0 W.
MOVEMENT TOWARD…WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS… 35 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE… 1008 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED AT 5:00 A.M TOMORROW, THURSDAY August 2, 2012.

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