Tropical Storm Don weakens as it moves to the Windward Islands

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 1:21 PM- George's, Grenada

 NATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NaDMA), St. George’s, Grenada – Tuesday 18th, July, 2017: The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) continues to monitor Tropical Storm Don with the technical assistance of the Meteorological Office at the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

At  11 a.m, the centre of Tropical Storm Don was located Near  latitude 11.5 North, Longitude 58.0 West  about 155 miles South East of Barbados and 255 miles East of Grenada.

TS Don is presently moving toward the West near 20mph and a gradual increase in forward speed is expected.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts.

On the forecast track, the center of TS Don will move across the Windward Islands late Tuesday and then westward across the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Wednesday.

Reports from an Air Force Reconnaissance air craft indicate a decrease in the wind speed from 50 – 40mph with higher Gust. Little change in strength is expected before the system reaches Grenada. Tropical Storm Don is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure late Wednesday or Wednesday night.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km)from the center.

As such there is a Tropical Storm Warning for Grenada and its dependencies. A tropical storm Warning means that storm-like conditions can affect the geographic space within 24 hours.

Tropical Storm conditions are possible in the area Tuesday and Tuesday night.  Don is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated higher amounts across Barbados,
Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada through Wednesday.

These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

Street/flash flooding is likely in areas of heavy showers and thundershowers.

There is a high possibility of landslides /landslips. 

A marine advisory remains in effect as waves up to 9ft can be expected in open waters. Sea conditions are also anticipated to become very agitated which will adversely affect marine and coastline interests.

Warnings for landslides, flooding and hazardous sea conditions would be in effect on Tuesday.

NaDMA takes this opportunity to remind us all that we should continue to be prepared at all times for all emergencies. Also, it is a good time to ensure that all drains and water ways around your property are cleared from all obstructions and that you have in place your hurricane plan and preparedness kit.

The Agency in collaboration with the Meteorological Services will continue to monitor this Tropical System and will update the public as necessary.

For addition information, please contact the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) on 440-8390-4 & 440-0838, or email address nadma@spiceisle.com.NaDMA  is the official source for all disaster related information.





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