A tropical storm watch has been issued for Barbados, following the formation of Tropical Storm Tammy east of the island this afternoon.
The Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) said the system is projected to pass north of the island on Friday. At 5 p.m., the centre of Tropical Storm Tammy was located near 575 miles east of Barbados.
“Strengthening of the system has occurred over the past few hours with maximum sustained winds estimated near 40 miles per hour. Current movement is westward at 23 miles per hour,” the BMS said.
Advising of possible impacts for Friday, it said: “As the system is projected to pass north of the island, there is the possibility of occasional gusty winds in moderate to heavy showers associated with feeder bands. Model guidance currently projects rainfall accumulations around 1 to 2 inches with isolated higher amounts.”
Marine conditions are also forecast to deteriorate from Thursday night with moderate to rough swells of 2.5m to 3.0m (8ft to 10ft) in open water.
As a result, a small craft and high surf advisory is in effect for Barbados.
“The public is urged to continue to monitor the progress of this system through updates issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services and follow the guidance and recommendations provided by the Department of Emergency Management,” the BMS said.
A tropical storm watch is issued when sustained winds of 39-73 miles per hour associated with a tropical storm are possible in the warning area within the next 48 hours. (BT)