SVG GET READY! DORIAN AT THE DOOR

St Vincent and the Grenadines will begin to feel the effects of Tropical storm Dorian from 2 am on Tuesday morning, and according to forecasters the storm could bring with it Hurricane conditions.

Tropical Storm Dorian continues to track west-northwestward towards St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

At 5:00 pm Tropical Storm ‘Dorian’ was centered near 12.7 North…58.8 West or about 145 miles (268 km) east-southeast of St. Vincent. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95km/h), with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. The minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).

The general motion remains west-north west and is expected to continue tonight through Tuesday night. On its present forecast track, the center of the system is expected to pass near or over St. Vincent and the Grenadines early Tuesday morning.

Sustained surface winds between 58 to 70 mph (93 to 113km/h) with higher gusts are expected to spread across St. Vincent and the Grenadines early Tuesday morning, persisting into the afternoon.

In addition, pockets of moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to move across the islands from late tonight and continue into Tuesday. Rainfall accumulations of at least 3 to 8 inches (75 to 200 mm) are possible with isolated higher amounts.

Residents in areas prone to flash-flooding and landslides; and near rivers and streams should be prepared.

Large easterly to south-easterly swells of 2.5 to 3.5 meters (8 to 12 feet) are also forecast to accompany the system. Low-lying coastlines around the islands will be particularly vulnerable at times of high tide. Large waves and dangerous rip-tides can be expected. These will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators and fishermen.

A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will remain in effect until 6 pm, Tuesday 27th August, 2019. Small craft operators are advised to remain in port. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are advised to stay out of the water.

High Tides are expected around 2:20 am and 2:24 pm on Tuesday 27th August.

All preparations for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian should be completed, and residents should continue to keep updated on the progress of this system.

The next Advisory will be at 11 pm, tonight, Monday, 26th August 2019.

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