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Tropical Storm Karen forms just east of southern Windward Islands

By St. Lucia Met. Services

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6:00 am Weather Report
Date: 22nd September 2019
Forecaster: Thomas Auguste & Hyacinthia Camille

Present weather at Hewanorra Airport is partly cloudy.
Present weather at GFL Charles Airport is cloudy with light rain.
Present temperature at Hewanorra Airport is 29 °C or 84 °F.
Last night’s minimum temperature at Hewanorra Airport was 32 °C or 90 ° F.
Wind at Hewanorra Airport is blowing from the east at 21 mph or 33 km/h.

Rainfall in the 24-hour period that ended at 2:00 am today:
At Hewanorra Airport: 10.9 mm.
Total rainfall for the month of September so far:
At Hewanorra Airport: 83.3 mm.

Sunset tomorrow: 6:00 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:53 am.

FORECAST FOR SAINT LUCIA VALID FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS
Winds will be blowing from between the east and southeast near 30 mph or 48 km/h, with occasional strong gusts.
Weather: Mostly cloudy to overcast with scattered moderate to heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms, and gusty winds.

Residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides are advised to continue to be vigilant and exercise caution.

MARINE FORECAST FOR SEAS IN A 25 MILE OR 40 KM RADIUS FROM SAINT LUCIA
Tides for Castries Harbour: High at 10:47 am… Low at 2:37 pm.
Tides for Vieux Fort Bay: High at 11:54 am… Low at 5:04 pm.
Seas: Moderate to locally rough with waves and northeasterly swells 6 to 10 feet or 1.8 to 3.05 metres.

Small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise EXTREME caution due to brisk winds and rough seas.

FORECAST FOR THE LESSER ANTILLES
Generally cloudy to overcast with gusty winds scattered showers and thunderstorms more concentrated around the Windward Islands.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
…Tropical Storm Karen forms just east of the Windward Islands…
The strong tropical wave near the Windward Islands has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Karen. At 5:00 am today the center of Tropical Storm Karen was located near latitude 11.9 north, longitude 60.2 west or about 100 miles or 165 kilometers east of Grenada or 120 miles or 190 kilometers southeast of St. Vincent. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Grenada and its dependencies, Trinidad and Tobago.

Karen is moving toward west-northwest or 285 degrees at about 9 mph or 15 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the northwest is forecast to occur on Monday, followed by a turn to the north on Tuesday. On the forecast track, Karen will move across the Windward Islands this afternoon and tonight, and emerge over the southeastern Caribbean Sea Monday morning. On Tuesday, Karen is expected to approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph or 65 km/h and little change in strength is expected during the next 48 hours. Saint Lucia is expected to continue experiencing strong gusty winds, moderate to heavy showers and a few thunderstorms over the next 12 to 24 hours. Another tropical wave located over the eastern Tropical Atlantic is moving westward near 20 mph or 32 km/h.

A third strong tropical wave is located along the west coast of Africa and it is showing some signs of organization. Environmental conditions are conducive for further development and a tropical depression or tropical storm is expected to form on Monday or Tuesday as it moves westward to west-northwestward across the Eastern Tropical Atlantic about 18 mph or 29 km/h.

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