The Barbados Meteorological Services has discontinued the tropical storm watch for the island, but the flood warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. today.
At 2 p.m., the center of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 14.9 degrees north or 60.4 degrees west or about 136 miles north-northwest of Barbados.
The Met Office says the system no longer poses a threat to island as it continues on its current track at 10 miles per hour (17 km).
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 miles per hour and the forecasters have warned that Barbados will continue to experience wind speeds ranging from 20 to 35 miles per hour ( 32 to 56 km).
The Met Office noted that while there has been some ease in shower activity this afternoon, some moderate to heavy shower outbreaks are still likely.
It has urged residents in flood prone areas to remain alert.
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