Residents across Barbados have been urged to closely monitor the approach of Tropical Storm Dorian as a tropical storm watch has been issued for the island.
That means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
As the Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) issued the first advisory on the system just after 5:00 a.m. today, Sunday, August 25, Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, reminded residents to listen to advisories issued through the Met Office, DEM and the Barbados Government Information Service.
As a result, Hinds is urging the public to ensure that they have their emergency kits, batteries, water, canned goods, and other emergency supplies on hand. Persons should also have emergency plans and important documents close by.
The Director further stressed that persons should also ensure the safety of their elderly relatives and be aware of the emergency shelters closest to them. “Don’t wait until it is too late to take precautions. Please remember, it only takes one system to cause disruption,” Hinds stressed.
In the first tropical storm advisory on the system issued at 5:00 a.m. Sunday, Meteorologist 1, Wayne McGeary, explained that Tropical Storm Dorian was centered near 11.0 degrees north, 51.6 degrees west, or about 555 miles or 890 kilometers east-southeast of Barbados.
The system has maximum sustained winds of near 40 miles per hour or 65 kilometers per hour, with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 25 miles or 40 kilometers from the center.