Tropical Storm Warning in Effect for Dominica
At 2 pm, the center of Tropical Depression nine was located near latitude 15.3 north, longitude 53.2 west (appr. 540 miles or 870 km east) of Dominica. The depression is moving toward the west near 18 mph or 29 km/h and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours.
On the forecast track, the cyclone should move through the Central Lesser Antilles on Wednesday and emerge over the eastern Caribbean sea by Thursday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph or 55 km/h with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the warning area by early Wednesday making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
Total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible over the northern Windward Islands to include Dominica.
Storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels in the northern section of the island chain with surge being accompanied by dangerous waves.
Dangerous surf and rip current conditions will affect the Windward and Leeward islands during the next couple of days.
Residents should continue to monitor the progress of this system and make all the necessary preparations for the arrival of this system. Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks should exercise caution.