Maria could become major hurricane as it moves closer across the Leewards (advisory #13)

By St. Lucia Met. Office

(PRESS RELEASE) – AT 11:00 P.M. TODAY, THE CENTRE OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS NEAR LATITUDE 14.2 NORTH, LONGITUDE 58.4 WEST, OR 175 MILES OR 281 KM EAST OF SAINT LUCIA. MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH OR 20 KM/H.

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

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 85 MPH OR 140 KM/H WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RAPID STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS, AND MARIA COULD BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE AS IT MOVES ACROSS THE LEEWARD ISLANDS ON MONDAY NIGHT.

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

OUTERBANDS OF MARIA ARE 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 11:00 PM. POSITION OF HURRICANE MARIA, LATITUDE 14.2 NORTH, LONGITUDE 58.4 WEST OR 175 MILES OR 281 KM EAST OF SAINT LUCIA.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED AT 2:00 AM TOMORROW.

E. FRANCIS
FORECASTER

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3 comments

  1. I never knock it urh but i sock it already

    Yeah boy no skool more weed to smoke

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  2. Forecast is extremely vague. If someone does not know their longitude and latitude it is useless. Swells up to how many feet are expected? The center is closer to which island? Very poor reporting

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    • Yh I must say. At one time I'm seeing its a storm and the next its a hurricane and the next I'm.seeing its a damn storm again. Has it passed st. Lucia. I doe know what the hell is going on.

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