Monday 30 March, 2020

Hurricane Maria becomes Category 4 storm

Hurricane Maria has become an "extremely dangerous" category 4 storm according to the National Hurricane Center.

On the forecast track, the centre of Maria is expected to move across the northern Windward Islands during the next few hours.

As for the Cayman Islands, the national weather service in an update on Sunday noted that there would  be isolated thundershowers along with light easterly winds for the Cayman area.

According to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, " a tropical wave continues to move west away from the Grand Cayman. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area moving west". 

At 4:00 pm today, the centre of Hurricane Maria was near latitude 15.1 north, longitude 60.7 west, or 72 miles or 116 km north of Saint Lucia. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph or 15 km/h. 

Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph or 215 km/h with higher gusts. 

A storm warning has been issued for St Lucia, where the outerbands of Maria will continue to produce heavy showers, gusty winds and thunderstorms through the night.

Rough seas generated by Hurricane Maria will continue to affect Saint Lucia with waves and swells 13 to 17 feet or 4.0 to 5.2 metres for the next 24 hours.



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