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26 Aug 2019 | 04:12 AM UTC

Martinique: Tropical Storm watch issued August 25

Authorities issue Tropical Storm Watch for Martinique on August 25 as Tropical Storm Dorian strengthens; rain and strong winds possible by late August 26

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Event

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Martinique as of 23:00 (local time) on Sunday, August 25, as Tropical Storm Dorian continues to strengthen as it moves towards the Lesser Antilles. As of Sunday evening, Dorian is located approximately 430 km (270 mi) east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west at 22 kph (14 mph). The storm has maximum sustained winds of 85 kph (50 mph) and is expected to strengthen in the coming days as it moves past the Windward Islands (map here). Portions of the Lesser Antilles are expected to receive between 5-10 cm (2-4 in) of rainfall, with possible maximum amounts of 15 cm (6 in) in isolated areas. Tropical storm conditions, including strong winds and rains are possible in the territory by the evening of Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.

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