The tropical storm watch for Barbados has been discontinued as Beryl “no longer poses a direct threat.”
At 11a.m. Tropical Storm Beryl was located about 130 miles or 210 kilometres northeast of Barbados.
“On this present position and the latest available forecast track Tropical Storm Beryl no longer poses a direct threat to Barbados. Hence the tropical storm watch for Barbados has been discontinued,” the Barbados Met Office said late this morning.
It however warned that “pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are still possible” with rainfall accumulations of one to two inches with isolated higher amounts.
“It may become necessary to issue a flood warning at short notice. Some deterioration in sea conditions is still expected, as Beryl moves over the area, with swells forecast to peak around three metres (10 feet),” the Met office warned in its last advisory on the system.
However, a small craft warning remains in effect for Barbados until 6a.m. Monday.
Forecasters say the disorganized center of Tropical Storm Beryl is moving towards the west-northwest near 23 miles per hour (37 kilometres per hour) and on this track it will approach the Lesser Antilles today, move cross the island chain tonight and near or south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday.
Dominica and Guadeloupe remain on tropical storm warning while Martinique, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten are on tropical storm watch.
Gradual weakening is anticipated during the next 36 hours, and Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday.