Tropical Storm was to pass thru islands


PHILIPSBURG–Tuesday at 5:00pm the centre of Tropical Storm Don was located near latitude 11.7 North, longitude 60.0 West or about 120 miles (190 km) east-southeast of Grenada and 135 miles (220km) southeast of St. Vincent.

Don was moving toward the west (275 degrees) near 22 mph (35 km/h). This general motion was expected to continue through today, Wednesday.

On that forecast track, the centre of the storm was to move across the Southeast Caribbean islands last evening and then move westward into the Caribbean Sea overnight.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. The system was expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure after 24 hours.

Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the centre. The estimated minimum central pressure was 1,010 mb (29.83 inches).

Tropical storm conditions were expected to spread across the islands within the warning last night and possible in the watch area by early Wednesday.

Don was expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated higher amounts across Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and the southern islands through Wednesday. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

A Tropical Storm Warning was in effect for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Bonaire.

Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba and Curaçao were also advised to monitor the progress of Don.

Source: The Daily Herald