BREAKING NEWS: Tropical storm warning in effect for Saint Lucia (advisory #1)

By St. Lucia Meteorological Services

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dAN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE JUST EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES IS BECOMING BETTER ORGANIZED AND COULD BECOME A TROPICAL CYCLONE LATER TODAY.

AT 11:00 AM TODAY, THE CENTER OF POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE WAS LOCATED AT 13.1 DEGREES NORTH, 54.1 DEGREES WEST OR 465 MILES/750 KM EAST OF SAINT LUCIA.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH OR 55 KM/H WITH HIGHER GUSTS AND IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL CYCLONE LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT BEFORE REACHING THE WINDWARD ISLANDS.

POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE IS MOVING TOWARDS THE WEST AT 17 MPH OR 28 KM/H AND IS EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE ISLANDS OF THE LESSER ANTILLES TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING.

THE DISTURBANCE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL TOTALS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES AND HIGHER AMOUNTS IN SOME REGIONS. RESIDENTS AND MOTORISTS IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING AND LANDSLIDES ARE ADVISED TO BE VIGILANT AND EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION.

SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN IN PORT AND OTHER MARINE INTERESTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION. RESIDENTS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO KEEP AWAY FROM THE BEACHES.

THE SAINT LUCIA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES WILL CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM AND BE ISSUING REGULAR UPDATES.

SHEM WILLIE
METEOROLOGIST
SAINT LUCIA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES

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