Tropical Storm Tammy strengthens

A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados.

A tropical storm watch is issued when sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph; 63 to 118kmh) associated with a tropical storm are possible in the warning area within the next 48 hours.

At 8 a.m., the centre of Tropical Storm Tammy was located near 13.5N 55.1W, or approximately 300 MI (490 KM) east of Barbados.

Tropical Storm Tammy has strengthened significantly since the 5 a.m. update. Maximum sustained winds are now near 60 MPH (55 KMH). Current movement is westward at 16MPH (26KMH) with a minimum central pressure of 1004MB.

Marine conditions are forecast to deteriorate from Thursday night with moderate to rough swells of 2.5 to 3.5m (8ft to 11ft) in open water. As a result, a small craft warning and high surf advisory is in effect for Barbados.

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, Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

Model guidance currently projects rainfall accumulations around 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher amounts.

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 next advisory will be issued at 11 a.m. (PR/SAT)