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Met Office issues tropical cyclone alert

A tropical cyclone alert is in effect for the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

A tropical cyclone alert means that, in this case, a tropical disturbance with over a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone is in our monitored area.

The Met office says watches and warnings are not required at this time but may be required in the next 48 hours.

According to the office, “Given the inherent forecast uncertainties regarding Al95, with respect to time of formation, eventual track, size and intensity, it is not yet possible to say with high confidence what will become of this system. notwithstanding, at the reasonable worst-case, tropical disturbance Al95 poses an elevated threat with the potential to cause limited impacts from storm-force winds, high seas and minor flooding, resulting in life-threatening conditions, some disruptions to daily life and minor damage to infrastructure. to be safe, be prepared to implement your hurricane season disaster plans”.

At 2 pm the centre of tropical disturbance Al95 was located about 1105 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands, moving west at 15 mph.

Maximum sustained winds are near 25 mph with higher gusts. gradual development is forecast and the system has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in 48 hours and an 80 percent chance in five days.

On its forecast track, the system will likely affect the area late Sunday or Monday. however, there is still a lot of time for it to shift to the north and spare the islands.

Residents are asked to monitor tropical disturbance Al95 closely and have their hurricane season disaster plans prepared to safeguard life, property and livelihood, in the event watches or warnings are issued, sometime in the next 48 hours.

The next update will be around 9 pm this evening or sooner, if required.

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