According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, as of 5:00 p.m. today the center of Tropical Storm Ernesto was located near latitude 12.8 north and longitude 56.6 west or about 295 miles E of Barbados and the Windward Islands.  Ernesto is moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next 48 hours.  On the forecast track the center of Ernesto will reach the Lesser Antilles by late tonight or early Friday morning.  Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts.  Gradual strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, as of 5:00 p.m. today the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 14.8 north and longitude 58.6 west or about 125 miles NE of Barbados.  Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph and this motion is expected to continue during the next day or so.  On the forecast track the center of Maria will reach the Lesser Antilles early tonight and Saturday and be near the Virgin Islands by Saturday night.  Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts.  Gradual strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles mainly to the northeast of the center.

Message: Hurricane Irene was a initially a Category 2 and then a Category 3 storm which passed over the Bahamas from August 23rd to August 26th 2011.  Irene passed over almost the entire chain of islands causing significant damage in some islands.  Hurricane Irene also passed over the Turks and Caicos Islands on August 24th 2011 as a Category One hurricane resulting in severe flooding. 

Message: Hurricane Irene a Category 3 Hurricane continues to impact the Bahamas. Turks and Caicos warnings downgraded to Tropical Storm Warnings

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The Bahamas continues to experience Hurricane conditions as Hurricane Irene moves across the archipelago.  At 5.00 p.m. today, the centre of Hurricane Irene was located near latitude 23.1 north and longitude 74.7 west, and is about 30 miles east south east of long Island and about 215 km south east of Nassau.   Hurricane force winds extend up to 60 miles from the centre and tropical storm winds extend outward to 230 miles.

CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
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