By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami has begun issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.
According to the NHC, the disturbance is centered as of 11 a.m. AST about 365 miles east of Barbados and is moving toward the west near 17 mph.
The NHC says that this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts and the disturbance should move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday.
It is expected that the cyclone will become a tropical storm before reaching the Windward islands.
Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines have been issued tropical storm warnings.
Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the Lesser Antilles within the warning area by early Friday, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.
Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected across portions of the Windward Islands from Martinique southward to Grenada and these rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
This afternoon, an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system.
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