Barbados is now under a tropical storm warning.
The Met Office says the strong tropical wave east-southeast of Barbados has been upgraded to Potential Tropical Cyclone #2.
At 5 p.m., the center of the system was located near 7.5°N 50.4°W at or about 815 miles east south east of the Windward Island.
The system is expected to move westward to west-northward over the next several hours and on this track, the center of is expected to pass about 180 miles to the south of Barbados late Monday into Tuesday. However, sustained surface winds of between 40 to 50 knots (45 to 55 mph/73 to 89km/h) with higher gusts on the northern periphery of the potential storm are expected to impact Barbados late Monday into Tuesday morning.
In addition, large easterly swells of at least 5 to 6m (16 to 20 ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. Thus, a High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning has been issued and will be in effect from 6 a.m Monday, June 19.
Deteriorating conditions with pockets of moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected spread across Barbados late tomorrow into Tuesday.
Rainfall accumulations of two to four inches (50 to 100 millimetres) are possible.
The Met Office says some flash-flooding is likely in low-lying areas. Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.
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