Hurricane Maria continues to dump persistent showers and high winds on the island as it passes to the north of Barbados.
The Barbados Meteorological Services says the island will continue to experience heavy showers and the flood warning remains in effect until midday today.
In addition, winds speeds of 29 to 35 miles per hours will continue throughout the day and this will continue into tonight.
A high surf advisory and small craft warning also remain in effect until noon on Tuesday, September 19.
At 8 a.m. the center of Maria was located near latitude 14.6 degrees north, longitude 59.7 degrees west or about 102 miles north of Barbados.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 miles per hour. Maria is expected to strengthen significantly during the next 48 hours.
The system is moving west northwestward near 12 miles per hour.
The next bulletin will be issued at 11 a.m.
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