HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR DOMINICA AT 11PM

BULLETIN # 6 issued at 11:00pm by the Meteorological Service.

                                                                

 …HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR DOMINICA AT 11PM…MARIA FORECAST TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE AS IT MOVES NEAR THE LEEWARD ISLANDS...

 

 

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24 hours. 

 

At 11pm, Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 14.2 degrees north and longitude 58.4 degrees west or about 210 miles east southeast of Dominica. Maria is moving west northwest at 13mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85mph making Maria a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

 

Rapid strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Maria is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves through the Leeward Islands. On the forecast track, the center of Maria should pass just north of Dominica during the overnight of Monday. All preparedness activities should be completed at this time.  

 

Deterioration in weather conditions is expected across Dominica during tonight into early Monday with moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorm and gusty winds up to tropical storm and hurricane force and rough to dangerous seas. The activity is expected to continue into Tuesday.

 

Expected rainfall amount for Dominica is between 8 to 10 inches (200 to 250mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.

 

·     Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as life threatening flash flooding is possible.

·   Winds gusting to hurricane force are possible from Monday into Tuesday. Be mindful of flying debrie and be cautious if outdoor activities cannot be avoided

 

Swells generated by Maria are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions and coastal flooding.

 

A Small-Craft Warning and a High-Surf Advisory are in effect for dangerous seas and high winds.

 

A small-craft Warning means in this case that surface winds greater than 25knots and seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area.

 

A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses or is expected to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone.

 

·         Mariners and other users of the sea should remain extremely cautious and do not venture out of port. Sea bathers stay out of the water.

 

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.