THE Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office is reporting today that Tropical Storm Maria, which is churning in the Atlantic Ocean, is gaining strength, and Trinidad and Tobago can expect to be affected.
According to the Met Office, at 5.a.m. SundayTropical Storm Maria was approximately 740 km east-southeast of the Leeward Islands, and is moving in a west-northwesterly direction at approximately 24 km/h.
A slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next few days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 km/h with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours and Maria is forecast to become a hurricane later today.
Tropical storm-force winds currently extend outward up to 95km and the estimated minimum central pressure is 994mb.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * Antigua,
Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and
Montserrat *Guadeloupe *Dominica *Saba and St.
Eustatius *St. Maarten *Anguilla A Tropical
Storm Watch is in effect for... * St. Lucia *
Martinique * Barbados * St. Vincent and the
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours. This system can trigger moderate to heavy rainfall on Sunday night and into Monday across the Windward Islands, and from Monday morning in Trinidad and Tobago.
This system can trigger moderate to heavy rainfall on Sunday night and into Monday across the Windward Islands, and from Monday morning in Trinidad and Tobago.
The TTMS will continue to monitor this system and will issue another bulletin at noon
today, or sooner if the situation warrants.