Message: Sandy is expected to become a hurricane before reaching Jamaica today. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Jamaica and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Haiti. The central and northwestern Bahamas are under Tropical Storm Warning and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the south-Eastern Bahamas (as of 8.00 a.m. at October 24th, 2012).

The public is asked to note the cancellation of the Tsunami Watch issued today, September 5, 2012 at 10.45 a.m for the Caribbean by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). The Tsunami Watch was issued in error by the PTWC following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Click here for details.


TD 7 degenerates into a tropical wave and impacts Windward Islands Saturday August 11, 2012.


The National Hurricane Center anticipated Tropical Depression # 7 to reach the Windward Islands late Saturday Night or Early Sunday Morning, August 11 and 12. The prediction was for the depression to intensify to a Tropical Storm and this prompted Tropical Storm Watches for the countries of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. By the 11:00 am advisory from the National Hurricane Centre TD#7 had degenerated into a tropical wave. Squally weather was still expected in the islands during the period.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, as of 4:00 p.m. today (Tuesday, 7/8/12) the centre of Hurricane Ernesto was located near latitude 18.8 North and longitude 86.2 West or about 140 miles east of Chetumal, Mexico. Ernesto is moving towards the west-north-west near 15 mph and this motion is expected to continue over the next two days. On the forecast track Ernesto will be moving north of Belize across the Yucatan Peninsula during the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 miles and Tropical Storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. The minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter Aircraft was 983 MB. Ernesto is now a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some additional strengthening is possible before Ernesto reaches the Yucatan Peninsula.

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