Barbados is expected to start feeling the impact of tropical storm Isaac between late tonight and early morning.
The initial effects will come from an outer band associated with Isaac which will bring some scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms, according to Acting Director of the Barbados Meteorological Services Sonia Nurse.
Nurse said that on its current projected track, the centre of the cyclone should pass between 100 miles and 150 miles north of Barbados early Thursday morning and is likely to dump upwards of four inches of rain on the island.
“As the system progresses westward into the eastern Caribbean Sea, more organized convection trailing Isaac is expected to affect Barbados, bringing moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds from early Thursday morning and into Friday,” the weather chief said.
At 5 p.m., Isaac was located about 560 miles east of Barbados, packing maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour and storm force winds extending 105 miles from the centre. It continues to move westward at 17 mph.
While a small craft warning and a high surf advisory will be in effect for Barbados from 6 p.m. tomorrow until further notice, no storm watch or warning has been issued, at least for now.
However, hurricane watches are in effect for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica, while storm warnings have been issued for Antigua, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Met Office said it would continue to closely monitor the progress of Isaac and would update the public as needed.