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Tropical wave develops into Tropical Depression #7

September 14th, 2022

The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to monitor the progress of a tropical wave, which has developed into Tropical Depression #7.

At 11:00 a.m. today, the system was located near 16.6N 49.6W or about 1140km (708 miles) east northeast of Barbados.

It became better organized overnight with a more well-defined circulation as it tracks westward at 22 km/h (14mph). Maximum sustained winds are 55Km/h (35mph) with a minimum central pressure of 1009mb.

The BMS says rapid development of this system is unlikely as it is affected by a dry mid-level environment and wind shear. However, the possibility for some slow development remains possible as it tracks westward over the next few days.

Model guidance remains in agreement that this system will pass well north of Barbados as it approaches the Leeward Islands between Thursday night and Friday.

The BMS says the system does not pose any direct threat to Barbados, however, its northward track will result in a reduction in wind speeds with possible localized showers across some districts.

However with the system passing north of the island, conditions will remain warm and therefore the BMS continues to urge the public to follow guidance from the Ministries of Health and Wellness and of Agriculture and Food Security, remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water and keep cool by wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing.

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