Hurricane Maria continuing to strengthen as it approaches the Lesser Antilles (advisory #12)

By St. Lucia Met Services

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(PRESS RELEASE) – AT 8:00 P.M. TODAY, THE CENTRE OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS NEAR LATITUDE 14.0 NORTH, LONGITUDE 57.9 WEST, OR 180 MILES OR 334 KM EAST OF SAINT LUCIA. MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 15 MPH OR 24 KM/H.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTRE OF MARIA IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE LEEWARD ISLANDS ON MONDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 80 MPH OR 130 KM/H WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS, AND MARIA COULD BE NEAR MAJOR HURRICANE INTENSITY WHEN IT MOVES ACROSS THE LEEWARD ISLANDS ON MONDAY NIGHT.

HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 15 MILES OR 30 KM
FROM THE CENTRE AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES OR 165 KM.

THE OUTERBAND OF MARIA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE MODERATE TO HEAVY SHOWERS, PERIODS OF RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER SAINT LUCIA FROM TONIGHT.

SWELLS GENERATED BY HURRICANE MARIA ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN AFFECTING THE LESSER ANTILLES BY TONIGHT. SEAS ARE FORECAST TO BE ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH AND SMALL CRAFT AND LOCAL FISHERMEN ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN IN PORT AND TO TAKE ALL MEASURES TO SECURE GEAR.

PERSONS LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING AND LANDSLIDES SHOULD TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AGAINST THESE HAZARDS.

RESIDENTS OF SAINT LUCIA AND THE REST OF THE WINDWARD AND LEEWARD ISLANDS ARE ASKED TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM.

REPEATING THE 5:00 PM. POSITION OF HURRICANE MARIA, LATITUDE 13.8 NORTH, LONGITUDE 57.5 WEST OR 204 MILES OR 378 KM EAST OF SAINT LUCIA.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED AT 8:00 PM TONIGHT.

E. FRANCIS
FORECASTER

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One comment

  1. Nice time. From 8 pm to 5 pm and back to 8 pm.

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