Barbados is bracing for the impact of Tropical Storm Dorian.
In their latest advisory, the Met Office noted that at 2:00 p.m. the centre of the storm was located near 12.5N, 58.3W, or about 95 miles (155 km) east-southeast of Barbados.
Dorian is continuing to track west-northwestward to us, at 14 mph (22 km/h). On this track, the centre is expected to pass over or near Barbados later this afternoon/early tonight.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (97km/h), with tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the centre.
Sustained surface winds between 50 to 60 mph (85 to 97 km/h) with higher gusts are expected to spread across Barbados later this afternoon and persist into early Tuesday morning.
Cloudy skies and scattered showers associated with Tropical Storm Dorian have already started to affect the island, and conditions are expected to further deteriorate late in the afternoon with pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and scattered thunderstorms.
Rainfall accumulations of at least 4 to 6 inches (100 to 150 mm) are expected with the possibility of higher isolated amounts. As a result, some flash-flooding is likely in low-lying areas and residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.
Large easterly to south-easterly swells of 2.5 to 3.5m (8 to 12ft) are also forecast to accompany the system.
Low-lying coastlines around the island will be particularly vulnerable at times of high tide, and large waves and dangerous rip-tides can be expected. These will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators and fishermen, and sea bathers and other users of the sea are also advised to stay out of the water.
A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning is in effect as of 12 noon today until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, 27th August 2019.
A Small-Craft Warning means in this case, average wind speeds of 43 to 52 knots (80 to 97 km/h) and/or seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) will be affecting the marine area.
A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone.