Government of Barbados discontinues tropical storm warning for Barbados, St. Vincent & Grenadines

Wind gust to 63 mph in Saint Lucia as the center of Ernesto moves nearby;

Summary of 8:00 am location, 13.5n 61.5w about 40 miles West Sou’West of St. Lucia about 25 miles West Nor’West of St. Vincent maximum sustained winds, 45 mph present movement, western or 270 degrees at 24 mph with minimum central pressure, 1002 mb, 29.59 inches

Watches and warnings – changes with this advisory;

The government of Trinidad has discontinued the tropical storm watch for Grenada and its dependencies.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect:

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours.

{FILE IMAGE – RESIDENTS MAKING HURRICANE PURCHASES, POST-TOMAS} Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of this system. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.

Discussion and 48-hour outlook – radar from Guadeloupe and data from a reconnaissance plane indicate that the center of Ernesto moved over or very near saint lucia during the past hour. At 8:00 am ast, 1200 utc, the center of tropical storm ernesto was located near latitude 13.5 north, longitude 61.5 west.

Ernesto is moving toward the west near 24 mph, 39 km/h, and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days with a gradual decrease in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Ernesto will move away from the Windward Isles and farther into the Eastern Caribbean sea later this morning.

  • Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph, 75 km/h, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, 185 km, mainly to the north and east of the center. St. Lucia recently reported a wind gust of 63 mph, 102 km/h, and Barbados just reported sustained winds of 43 mph, 68 km/h.

The estimated minimum central central pressure from a reconnaissance aircraft was 1002 mb, 29.49 inches.

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