He Hurricane Tammy increased its winds to 80 miles per hour while remaining about 55 miles east of Martinique and about 135 miles southeast of Guadeloupehighlighted the National Hurricane Center (CNH) in its 11:00 pm bulletin
At the moment, the federal agency has not issued a hurricane watch or warning for Puerto Rico.
The atmospheric phenomenon was at latitude 14.7 degrees North, longitude 60.2 degrees West, and is moving in a west-northwest direction at about nine mph. The system maintains an estimated barometric pressure of 992 millibars (mb).
“Tammy should stay in an environment with high ocean heat content (…) Therefore, some modest strengthening is forecast over the next 24 hours as the system passes near or over parts of the Leeward Islands. The NHC intensity forecast is a little higher than the previous one,” the CNH highlighted in the bulletin discussion.
“It should be noted that there is a significant area of deep convection south-southeast of the center that could bring heavy rain to parts of the Lesser Antilles after the center of the hurricane passes.“added the agency.
The NHC issued a hurricane watch for Dominica. Meanwhile, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy are under hurricane warning.
Meanwhile, the agency issued a tropical storm watch for Martinique. Additionally, Dominica, Saba and St. Eustatius are under a tropical storm warning.
Unstable conditions for Puerto Rico
The meteorologist Ernesto Moraleswarning coordinator of the National Meteorological Service (SNM) commented to The new day that although Tammy is expected to pass considerably away from Puerto Rico, it could leave “unstable” conditions over time, especially over the weekend.
“(The forecast) keeps the system quite far away, between 150 to 200 miles to the east during the early hours of Sunday, but it is not ruled out that the outermost bands could leave showers,” explained; while meteorologist Gloriann Rivera detailed that it could be “1 to 3 inches of rain, and 4 to 5” inches in more isolated areas.
Morales added that maritime conditions would also deteriorate.
“They will not be safe (for bathers)”he said, also warning about the possibility of flooding in rivers due to the expected rain events, for which he urged citizens to exercise caution and not enter bodies of water.
Likewise, Morales detailed that, when the tail of the storm moves further north, it could combine with a trough that is in the region and bring rain events to Puerto Rico from the beginning of next week until the middle of it.
“It will not necessarily be consistent rains.”but they will be “heavy downpour events”he added.