Tropical storm watch updated to warning as Maria approaches islands

Tropical storm watch updated to warning as Maria approaches islands

(NHC) At 11:00AM AST  today, Saturday September 17, the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 13.5 north, longitude 56.2 west.

Maria is located approximately 316 miles or 509km east of St Lucia.

Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands Monday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria is expected to become a hurricane later today.

The government of Barbados has issued a Hurricane Warning for Dominica.

The government of St. Lucia has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for St. Lucia.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Dominica

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • St. Lucia

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
  • Guadeloupe
  • Saba and St. Eustatius
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Martin and St. Barthelemy
  • Anguilla

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Martinique
  • Barbados
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Today is Sunday and not Saturday….

  2. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

    How is it possible that St. Lucia is under storm warning, when Martinique in the near north, and St. Vincent in the near south are under storm watch?

    1. Anonymous
      September 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply

      It means that the other islands haven’t updated from watch to warning. I’m sure they will soon

    2. aLucian
      September 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

      I’m wondering the same thing – I can see the rationale for a storm watch for St Vincent (because of the shape and reach of the band) but I’m curious why only a storm watch for Martinique, which is located between St Lucia which has a storm warning and Dominica which has a hurricane warning.

  3. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

    This baffles me unless it’s an error. We are smack between two of these islands and we will be spared. We need a new advisory as soon as possible.

  4. Lemme grab an Atlas
    September 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply

    This is by far very confusing. The government of Barbadis issued a warning for Dominca…. Okay….

  5. MetYo
    September 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Was this article done in a rush without anyone reviewing it?

    1. MetYo
      September 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm Reply

      TROPICAL STORM MARIA … ADVISORY NUMBER 9

      11:00 AM 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

      A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR SAINT LUCIA.

      AT 11:00 A.M. TODAY, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM MARIA WAS NEAR LATITUDE 13.5 NORTH, LONGITUDE 56.2 WEST, ABOUT 316 MILES OR 509 KM EAST OF SAINT LUCIA. MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 15 MPH OR 24 KM/H. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THIS SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO APPROACH THE LEEWARD ISLANDS BY MONDAY NIGHT.

      MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 65 MPH OR 100 KM/H WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHEN IS FORECAST AND MARIA WILL LIKELY BECOME A HURRICANE LATER TODAY.

      TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES (110 KM) FROM THE CENTER.

  6. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Get it right from the source, nhc dot noaa dot gov.

  7. Kayron
    September 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Lord. I thought I was the only one that more confused after reading that article. How the government of Barbados issuing warning for Dominica?? And I thought I was familiar with the map of the Caribbean but after reading that I not so sure

  8. Random Student
    September 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm Reply

    So they eh having school?

  9. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm Reply

    We need a hurricane to remove chastanet and his baboons from power

    1. Whowants2know
      September 17, 2017 at 7:41 pm Reply

      That is all u little pricks are good for..you asking for a hurricane to get the pm out.. watch the pm and his baboons like u stated might have a safe place to catch … you will be scrunting for food n a place.. God works in mysterious ways… you fool… Don’t ask for bad.

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