Weather disturbance draws nearer to Eastern Caribbean

Images of the tropical disturbance that officials say could form into tropical cyclone Matthew and may affect Antigua & Barbuda as early as Wednesday morning into the afternoon. (Photos courtesy accuweather.com and nhc.noaa.gov) (IN COLOUR)

Residents are being urged to continue monitoring a weather system that meteorologists have labelled a tropical disturbance.

Meteorologist Lorne Salmon said the disturbance may affect Antigua & Barbuda as early as today into this evening, along with the Windward Islands.

“If it develops into a storm, the forecast models are projecting it to pass through the Windward Islands, so it will affect the Windward Islands (Wednesday) with heavy showers, thunderstorms and even tropical storm force winds,” Salmon said in an OBSERVER media interview.

Salmon also said that Antigua & Barbuda may experience heavy showers and thunderstorms also.

“We are anticipating that the bands on the northern periphery of the system will be sweeping across the north eastern Caribbean, and there’s a good chance that we may experience squally conditions on Wednesday morning into the night and even going into Thursday morning as well.

“There’s a good chance that we will have heavy showers at times and if everything materializes, then we could have close to three inches of rainfall, possibly four in isolated amounts.”

He also shared that the country could be on flood watch that may last into Thursday.

“It is very possible that we would be looking at that [flood watch] moreso Wednesday, possibly into Thursday as well. I must add also that these systems are multi-hazardous so there is a possibility that this could whip up swells into 14 feet.”

Meanwhile, LIAT has cancelled a number of flights as a result of the weather forecast. Flights to St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and Dominica have been cancelled.

The airline has apologised for the inconvenience caused.

All flights are cancelled except for the following

LI 310 ANU-SXM-EIS, LI 315 EIS-SXM-SKB-ANU, LI 312 ANU-SKB-SXM-STX, LI 317 STX-SXM-ANU and LI 508 ANU-SKB-SXM-EIS.

 

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