Tropical Storm Watch Issued For Antigua & Barbuda

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The government of Antigua has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla.

This means that Tropical Storm Force winds are possible somewhere within the watch area, in this case, less than 48 hrs.

Residents, in the watch area, should start to implement their tropical storm disaster plans.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

* Saba and St. Eustatius

* St. Maarten

* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla

 

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are

possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

 

Interests elsewhere in the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin

Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of this

system, as additional tropical storm watches or warnings will

be required for portions of those areas later today.

 

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor

products issued by your national meteorological service.

 

 

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK

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At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Thirteen

was located near latitude 15.4 North, longitude 50.9 West. The

depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph (33 km/h)

and this motion is expected to continue for the next few days.  On

the forecast track, the depression is expected to move near or north

of the northern Leeward Islands by late Friday and near or north of

the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday.

 

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

Gradual strengthening is forecast, and the depression is expected to

become a tropical storm later today.

 

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

 

 

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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RAINFALL:  The depression is expected to produce 1 to 3 inches of

rain with isolated maximum totals of 5 inches through Sunday over

the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.

 

WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch

area by late Friday.

 

 

NEXT ADVISORY

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Next complete advisory at 1100 AM AST.

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