Posted: Friday, August 18, 2017. 6:49 am CST./>
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is reporting that Tropical Storm Harvey continues to move west into the Carribbean and could make landfall next week as a hurricane.
Harvey is also drenching the Windward Islands with rain.
As of this morning, Harvey was located about 55 miles west of Barbados and was moving to the west at a brisk 18 mph.
Harvey is the eight named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Forescasters project Harvey to continue moving in a westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed in the next couple of days.
On the forecast track, Harvey should move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea this morning.
According to the NHC, maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) mainly to the north of the center.
The minimum central pressure estimated from Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data is 1005 mb (29.68 inches). The Grantley Adams International Airport on Barbados recently reported a pressure of 1006 mb (29.71 inches).
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados as the center of tropical storm Harvey draws nearer to the island.
Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect for…
* St. Lucia
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
Tropical storm conditions are spreading through the warning area at this time, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area today.
Harvey is expected to produce rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches across portions of the Windward Islands from Martinique southward to Grenada. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.
Forecasters project that Harvey will make landfall in Central America or the Yucatan Peninsula at Hurricane strength next week.
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