Tropical Storm Matthew continues a westward track

National Hurricane Center: At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 13.8 North, longitude 62.0 West. Matthew is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move away from the Windward Islands through this evening, and be over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days, and Matthew is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) primarily to the northeast of the center. A wind gust to 54 mph (87 km/h) was reported at Martinique within the past few hours.

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

WIND: Tropical storm conditions will continue through this evening over the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands within the warning. Tropical storm conditions are possible in Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba, beginning late Thursday.

RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches across the Windward Islands and southern portions of the Leeward Islands through Thursday. These
rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected farther to the north into the northern Leeward Islands, including the United States and
British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected over Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao through Friday.

SLUMET:  A tropical storm warning remains in effect for St. Lucia.

At 5:00 p.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 13.8 north…longitude 62.0 west, or about 65 miles or 110 km west of St. Lucia. Matthew is moving toward the west near 18 mph or 30 km/h.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph or 95 km/h, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecasted as Matthew continues to move westward.

Strong gusty winds, heavy rainfall and rough seas are expected to affect Saint lucia during the passage of this system.

Residents of St. Lucia and the rest of the Windward islands are asked to closely monitor the progress of this system and those living in areas prone to flooding and landslides should take all necessary precautions against these hazards.

This is the second public advisory issued by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Office on this system.

The next advisory will be issued at 8:00 pm tonight.