Storm Watch For Saint Lucia
by Kendal Burton
All eyes are on a tropical depression which has formed in the tropical Atlantic east of the Windward Islands and is moving toward the west-northwest. A west-northwestward to westward motion at about the same forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours.
According local meteorologists, on the forecast track, the centre of the tropical cyclone should be near the Windward Islands on Friday morning. Â Meteorologist Venantius Descartes says residents can expect shower activity, cloudy to overcast conditions, and moderate to heavy thunder storms.
He says it is expected to maintain the status of a tropical depression as it crosses over the island but is expected to strengthen and develop into a tropical storm. The public is advised to keep monitoring for updates from the met office and persons living in areas prone to flooding and landslides should take precaution.
The government of Barbados has issued a tropical storm watch for Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica. The government of St Lucia has issued a tropical storm watch for St Lucia. The government of France has issued a tropical storm watch for Martinique and Guadeloupe. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area on Friday.
Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles have been asked monitor the progress of this system.