TS Gonzalo: Hurricane Watch in effect for Barbados

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    A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Barbados, meaning hurricane conditions are possible within the area, generally within 48 hours.

    This, as Tropical Storm Gonzalo is strengthening as it approaches the Southern Windward Islands.

    At 5am, the T&T Met Service says the storm was 1565 km east of the islands and Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane later today.

    It adds that the center of Gonzalo would approach the Windward Islands late Friday into Saturday.

    The Met Service has not issued any watches or warnings for T&T at this time.

    The National Hurricane Centre in Miami though, says additional watches or warnings will likely be required for some of the Windward Islands later today.

    Meanwhile, Tobago Disaster Management officials are preparing for the possible effects of a Hurricane and THA’s Chief Secretary Ancil Dennis says persons can expect receive hourly updates.

    Stay tuned to 103.1FM for further updates on the storm.

    Meanwhile, Barbados Meteorological Services has advised residents of there that storm force winds, rough sea swells and flash-flooding can be expected in Barbados on Saturday.

    It says sustained winds of 100 to 140 km/h with higher gusts are expected to affect the island.

    It has told Barbadians to expect some delays to transport routes and travels services on lead up to the arrival of Tropical Storm Gonzalo and during its passage.

    In addition, it delays to transport routes and travels services are expected on lead up to the arrival of Gonzalo.