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Tropical storm watch possible as wave organises

June 28, 2024

The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to closely monitor a tropical wave located in the Eastern Atlantic along 38W or 1470 miles/2360 km east of Barbados, at 5 a.m., today Friday, June 28, 2024.

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Barbados.

However, by Saturday, a tropical storm watch as well as marine advisories may be issued.

The tropical wave is likely to develop into a tropical depression/storm over the next day or two and is expected to affect Barbados late Sunday night June 30, into Monday, July 1, 2024. As a result, there is a possibility of flash flooding and storm-force winds impacting the island during that time. Additionally, sea conditions may become hazardous as early as Sunday and a Small Craft Warning and High Surf warning may be issued for Barbados during the weekend.

The public is encouraged to monitor the BMS, DEM, and GIS websites, their respective social media pages, and the local media networks for further updates over the coming days.

The tropical wave and associated area of low-pressure are currently showing signs of organization despite the periodic entrainment of dry air. The wave is expected to move westward at 15 to 20 mph over the next few days. Numerical weather models continue to track the centre of the system just south of Barbados early on Monday, July 2, 2024.
Due to the size of the system, there is some uncertainty in the forecast intensity. However, environmental conditions appear conducive for additional development and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form to the east of Barbados over the next day or two.

This information statement was issued and will be updated at 5 p.m. today.

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