The National Emergency Council of NEMO will meet today, Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to discuss matters relating to the area of low pressure located over the mid- Atlantic that is likely to bring heavy rains and strong gusty winds across the island during its passage.
This meeting will be chaired by the Hon. Montgomery Daniel, Acting Prime Minister.
An Atlantic Ocean tropical wave is along 50W/51W from 17N southward. Convective precipitation: scattered strong from 13N to 16N between 46W and 52W. Environmental conditions remain conducive for development.
It is possible that a tropical depression may develop during the next day or two. This system is moving westward to west-northwestward about 20 mph.
On its present track is expected to be in the vicinity of St. Vincent and the Grenadines by late Tuesday or Wednesday.
The National Hurricane Center says heavy rains and strong gusty winds, possibly to tropical storm force, are expected to spread across the Windward Islands and sections of the southern Lesser Antilles beginning late Tuesday or Wednesday.
An Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this disturbance on Tuesday afternoon.
The chance of formation during the next 48 hours is high.
Gale wind conditions are forecast in 24 hours, within 120 NM N semicircle of the low center, and sea heights are forecast to range from 10 feet to 14 feet.
Up to late last night, lines were forming in some supermarkets and retail outlets as people tried to beat what is expected to be heavy traffic today as the picture becomes clearer on the possible direction and strengthening of the adverse weather system.