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Hurricane Jerry still strengthening but ‘poses no threat to Saint Lucia at this time’

By St. Lucia Met. Services

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6:00 pm Weather Report
Date: 19th September 2019
Forecaster: Vigil Saltibus

Present weather at Hewanorra Airport is fair.
Present weather at GFL Charles Airport is fair.
Present temperature at Hewanorra Airport is 30°C or 86 °F.
Today’s maximum temperature at Hewanorra Airport was 32 °C or 90 ° F.
Wind at Hewanorra Airport is blowing from the southeast at 9 mph or 15 km/h.

Rainfall in the 24-hour period that ended at 2:00 pm today:
At Hewanorra Airport: Nil.
At GFL Charles Airport: Nil.
Total rainfall for the month of September so far:
At Hewanorra Airport: 72.2 mm. At GFL Charles Airport: 102.5 mm

Sunrise tomorrow: 5:52 am Sunset tomorrow: 6:01 pm.

FORECAST FOR SAINT LUCIA VALID FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS
Winds will be blowing from between the east-southeast and southeast near 12 mph or 19 km/h, becoming lighter and variable at times.

Weather: Fair skies, occasionally becoming cloudy with some scattered light to moderate showers and a moderate chance of isolated thunderstorms.

MARINE FORECAST FOR SEAS IN A 25 MILE OR 40 KM RADIUS FROM SAINT LUCIA
Tides for Castries Harbour: High at 6:31 pm…Low at 1:22 am…High at 7:54 am.
Tides for Vieux Fort Bay: High at 7:38 pm…Low at 2:49 am…High at 9:01 am.
Seas: Slight to moderate with waves and swells 3 to 5 feet or 0.9 to 1.5 metres.

FORECAST FOR THE LESSER ANTILLES
Over the Leeward Islands and the southern Windward Islands, cloudy at times with some scattered showers and a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Across the central Windward Islands, fair skies occasionally becoming cloudy with a few showers.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
Moisture and instability in the lower atmosphere over the Eastern Caribbean islands will cause some showers and isolated thunderstorms across parts of the region during the next 24 hours.

… JERRY STILL STRENGTHENING…
At 5:00 pm today, the eye of Hurricane Jerry was located near latitude 17.5 North, longitude 55.8 West or about 395 miles or 640 kilometers east of the Leeward Islands. Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph or 28 km/h. A west-northwest to northwest motion at a decreasing forward speed is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will move north of the northern Leeward Islands Friday, pass well north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and be well east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the northern Leeward Islands from Barbuda northward to St. Eustatius.

Satellite and Air Force Hurricane Hunter data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Jerry could strengthen during the next day or so before weakening is anticipated by this weekend.

Interests around the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Jerry. Hurricane Jerry poses no threat to Saint Lucia at this time.

A tropical wave located over the central tropical Atlantic has a low potential for development during the next few days. This wave is being closely monitored as it moves westward towards the Eastern Caribbean at 17 mph or 28 km/h.

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