Tropical storm heads for South Caribbean

PHILPSBURG–Tropical Storm Don formed in the Atlantic on Monday and at 5:00pm; its centre was located near latitude 11.2 North, longitude 52.6 West or about 485 miles (780 km) east-southeast of Barbados.

Don was moving toward the west (275 degrees) near 17 mph (28 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through Wednesday, with a gradual increase in forward speed. On its current forecast track, the centre of Don will move through the Southeast Caribbean islands late today, Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength was forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the centre. The estimated minimum central pressure was 1009 mb (29.80 inches).

The government of Trinidad and Tobago had issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Grenada.

The government of Barbados had issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Barbados and for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The government of St. Lucia had issued a Tropical Storm Watch for St. Lucia.

Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (ABC islands) should monitor the progress of Don.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area and possible also in the watch area Tuesday night.

Don is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches across the Southeast Caribbean islands through Wednesday morning.

Source: The Daily Herald