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Tropical Storm Harvey drenches the Windward Islands

Friday, August 18, 2017

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Tropical storm Harvey was drenching several islands in the Caribbean on Friday as it made its way through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Harvey was located about 30 miles east south east of Barbados and 135 miles east south east of St Lucia.

The storm is packing winds of 40 miles per hour (mph) and that a tropical storm warning remains in effect for the French island of Martinique, St Lucia, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica

The NHC said in it 5:00 am (local time) bulletin that Tropical Storm Harvey is moving towards the west near 18 mph and a continued westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

“On the forecast track, Harvey should move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea later today,” it said, noting that maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph with higher gusts.

“Some slight strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours,” the NHC said, warning that tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the Lesser Antilles within the warning area later on Wednesday morning, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

“Harvey is expected to produce rainfall totals of two to four inches across portions of the Windward Islands from Martinique southward to Grenada. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC added.

Meanwhile, the regional airline, LIAT, has announced the cancellation of several of its flights on Friday.

LIAT said at least 17 flights had been cancelled as a result of the passage of the storm. It also warned passengers to expect delays on other flights.

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