The Tropical Storm Tammy It maintains sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (mph) and could reach hurricane strength between the afternoon or evening of tomorrow, Friday, and early Saturday as it approaches the island of Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles.
He National Hurricane Center (CNH) indicated, in its 5:00 pm bulletin, that the phenomenon is moving in a west-northwest direction at a speed of 13 mph. The agency has not issued a tropical storm watch or warning for Puerto Rico at this time, but external rain bands are expected to affect areas of the island this weekend.
At the moment, the cyclone was at latitude 13.7 North and longitude 56.6 West, about 200 miles east of Barbados and about 300 miles east-southeast of Guadeloupe. Tammy maintains a minimum central pressure of 1001 millibars (mb).
The NHC did issue a tropical storm warning for Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis.
In addition, it issued a hurricane watch for Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis, and a hurricane warning for Barbados, Martinique, Anguilla, Saint Barthelemy, Sheba and Saint Eustatius, St. Marteen and Saint Martin.
On the track of this latest bulletin, the center of the storm is forecast to move near or over the Leeward Islands on Friday and Saturday, and then move north of the Leeward Islands between Saturday night and Sunday.
Tropical Storm Tammy’s winds extend about 125 miles from the center, primarily toward the area east of the cyclone’s center.
Earlier, the meteorologist National Weather Service, Manuel Ramossaid that, although there was a slight change, the original NHC forecast remains and “Tammy would be passing about 210 miles east of Puerto Rico.”
It is expected that by Thursday night it will turn a little slower towards the west-northwest and continue its path westward.
At 8:00 am a hurricane hunter aircraft located the storm at latitude 13.5 north, longitude 55.1 west, about 465 miles east-southeast of the island of Guadeloupe. Tammy was then moving at a forward speed of 16 mph heading west.
In its X profile, the SNM predicted that Tammy would strengthen as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. In the morning, the meteorologist Glorianne Riveraexplained that The quadrant of the system that would be passing closest to Puerto Rico would be the southwest; the weakest of the storm, so far.
“That is the weakest quadrant and that is the least that has rain”Rivera stated.
Tammy would approach our area on Saturday or Sunday and would leave, among other indirect effects, one to three inches of rain, with an estimated maximum of four or five inches in isolated places on the mountain.
Asked if any drastic change was expected in the trajectory of the phenomenon outlined by the NHC, Rivera reiterated that there is already a consensus among the main meteorological models.
“This may vary, of course, it depends on the bulletins of the next few hours, it may change a little more to the west, a little more to the east, so you have to be very attentive, but so far the official trajectory outlined by them “It is that (that of the NHC, indicated at the beginning of this note) and until now there is also a fairly clear consensus between the two main models, between the European and the American, that it can continue with this trajectory,” the meteorologist pointed out.
Rivera also emphasized that, at this time, the NHC has not issued any tropical storm warning or warning for Puerto Rico.
In the 5:00 am bulletin, Tammy was located at latitude 13.5 north, longitude 54.8 west, about 480 miles east-southeast of the island of Guadeloupe. The tropical storm was moving at a speed of 17 mph heading west at an angle of 280 degrees and with a minimum center of pressure of 1006 millibars.