A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Barbados as local meteorological officials continue to monitor the progress of a potential tropical cyclone.
At 11 p.m, the center of the system was located near 7.9°N, 52.4°W or about 600 miles (960km) southeast of Barbados.
The system is moving towards the west at 23mph (37km/h) and a faster motion towards the west northwest is expected over the next 24 to 48 hours.
On its present track, met officials say the centre of the system is expected to pass approximately 180 to 200 miles to the south of Barbados late Monday into Tuesday.
“Maximum sustained surface winds of between 34 to 46 mph (55 to 74km/h) with higher gusts on the northern periphery are expected to impact Barbados as the system passes to the south.
“In addition, large easterly swells (storm surge) of at least 3.0 to 4.0m (10 to 13 ft) are also forecasted to accompany the system,” the met office said in its latest bulletin.
“Thus, a High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. Monday. Increasing cloudiness with isolated pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and thunderstorms are expected to spread across Barbados late tomorrow into Tuesday. Rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimetres) are possible.
“Some flash-flooding is likely in low-lying areas. Thus, residents are urged to be on the alert and take all necessary precautions,” the bulletin added.