MESSAGE: Irma strengthens to a category 4 hurricane as it heads toward the Leeward Islands

THE SITUATION:

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, as at 5:00pm AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.7 North, longitude 54.4 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue into Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the west-northwestward late Tuesday September 05, 2017. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

MESSAGE: Tropical Storm Irma forms over the far Eastern Atlantic.

THE SITUATION:

Tropical Storm Irma, the ninth (9th) named storm of the 2017 Tropical Atlantic Hurricane Season, has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 5:00 pm (AST), Wednesday August 30, 2017, Tropical Storm (TS) Irma was located 16.4N and 31.2W, about 430 miles of the Cabo Verde Islands. TS Irma has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with a minimum central pressure of 1001 mb. Environmental conditions appear generally conducive for further development while it moves westward near 15 mph. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Irma could become a hurricane on Friday September 1, 2017.

Message: Tropical Storm Warning still in effect for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tropical Storm Watch discontinued for Barbados and Saint Lucia.

The Situation:

The latest advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida at 5:00 PM AST (1200 UTC), shows the center of Tropical Storm Don located near latitude 11.7 North, longitude 60.0 West. TS Don is about 135 miles southeast of St Vincent and about 120 miles east-southeast of Grenada.

MESSAGE: Hurricane Watches issued for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis.

THE SITUATION:

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 500 PM AST, Sunday September 3, 2017, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 17.6 North, longitude 49.8 West. Irma is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A westward to west-south-westward motion with some reduction in forward speed is expected through Monday night. On the forecast track, the center of Irma is forecast to approach the northern Leeward Islands late Tuesday.

MESSAGE: Tropical Storm Don formed east of the Windward Islands. Tropical Storm Warning issued for Grenada and Tropical Storm Watch issued for Barbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

THE SITUATION:

On Monday 17th July 2017, Tropical Storm (TS) Don formed east of the Windward Islands. According to the latest advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 8:00pm (AST), TS Don was located near latitude 11.2N and longitude 53.8W, which places it about 405 miles east-southeast of Barbados and about 515 miles east of Trinidad. TS Don is moving at maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

MESSAGE: Hurricane Irma becomes a Major Category 3 Hurricane over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

THE SITUATION:

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 5:00 pm (AST), Thursday August 31, 2017, Hurricane Irma, the ninth (9th) named storm of the 2017 Tropical Atlantic Hurricane Season has intensified to a major category 3 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma was located at 17.3N and 34.8W. Irma has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph with a minimum central pressure of 967 mb. Environmental conditions appear generally conducive for further development while it moves westward near 12 mph. Further strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

MESSAGE: The government of Belize has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the northern portions of Belize as Tropical Storm (TS) Franklin gradually strengthens.

THE SITUATION:

According to the latest public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 1:00pm (CDT), TS Franklin was located near latitude 18.0N and longitude 85.4W, which places it about 185 miles east of Belize City. TS Franklin is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will be near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula by this evening. Franklin is then expected to move across the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and on Tuesday.

Message: Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for portions of the Bahamas as Depression #12 upgraded to Tropical Storm Kate.

THE SITUATION:
On November 9, 2015, Tropical Storm Kate became the eleventh named Storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The Government of the Bahamas has issued Tropical Storm Warnings for Central Bahamas and Northwestern Bahamas. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours.

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