According to the latest update from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services, at 5am this morning, the Tropical DISTURBANCE was centered near latitude 8.4 North, longitude 54.5 West, with an associated 1005 mb low pressure.
The disturbance still has a high chance of becoming Tropical Storm Bret today Monday, before impacting St. Vincent and the Grenadines Monday evening into Tuesday; and modest strengthening occurred overnight. The disturbance was about 400miles southeast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines moving toward the west near 23 mph (37 km/h) and expected to cross over our islands this evening and Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds of near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts on the northern side of the system. Storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km), mainly northwest through northeast of the center.
Projections are for the center to pass about 180 miles south of mainland St. Vincent. This means, that the Grenadines Islands can expect most impact of possible storm conditions.
Expected Conditions across St. Vincent and the Grenadines late Monday into Tuesday
Deteriorating conditions with pockets of moderate to heavy showers, locally heavy rains, thunderstorms, occasional gusty winds by Monday evening.
Rainfall accumulations decreased to 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 mm).
Strong EAST-NORTH EAST winds this afternoon increase to 25 to 35 mph…40 to 55km/h with occasional higher gusts to tropical storm force are now expected.
Seas Moderate (1.8-2.5m) by Monday afternoon on east coast; Very rough to high becoming 4.0m- 5.0m (13-16 ft.) across SVG by Monday night into early Tuesday, with easterly storm surge.
A high surf advisory and small craft warning is in effect and sea-bathers and boat operators should take all necessary precautions.
The National Emergency Council of NEMO will convene a meeting at 11:00 a.m. today. NEMO is also urging all residents, especially residents in the Southern Grenadines to take all the necessary precautions.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services and the Barbados Meteorological Services are monitoring the system.