Warnings and Watches Issued With Storm on the Horizon

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 19, 2017 – A storm warning has been issued for some Caribbean countries and called off for others as a tropical disturbance with winds around 40 miles per hour continues to move rapidly towards the southern Windward Islands.

Forecasters say it is likely to be a storm by the time it moves through the Windward Islands between tonight and tomorrow.

While authorities in Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines have dropped the storm warning issued previously, warnings were still in place for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and for the east coast of Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana, including Isla de Margarita, at the last advisory issued by the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) at 11 a.m.

A tropical storm watch also went into effect for Bonaire and Aruba at that time.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24 hours, while a tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

At 11 a.m., the potential tropical cyclone was about 325 miles south southeast of Trinidad and 405 miles southeast of Grenada and moving toward the west near 25 miles per hour.

The NHC said a fast motion toward the west-northwest is expected over the next 48 hours and, on the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to move through the Windward Islands and near the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early tomorrow, by which time it is expected to have reached tropical storm strength.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach portions of the warning area tonight, and the disturbance is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over the Windward Islands and the northeastern Venezuela tonight and Tuesday.

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