Tropical Storm Bullet is expected to gain strength and hit several Caribbean islands on Thursday with near-hurricane strength.
Thursday, June 22, 2023 3:31 a.m.
new york – Tropical Storm Bullet intensified on Wednesday, targeting islands in the eastern Caribbean to prepare for heavy rains, landslides and flooding.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Brett had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour) and was heading westward across the Atlantic Ocean at 15 miles per hour (24 kilometers per hour) early Wednesday morning.
The storm is located about 415 miles (670 km) east of Barbados and is expected to gain further strength before hitting several islands in the eastern Caribbean with near-hurricane strength late Thursday. Barbados, Martinique and Dominica have implemented tropical storm warnings, with officials in the region urging people to prepare for Bullet. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Saint Lucia.
Fitzroy Pascal of the Dominica Disaster Management Agency said, “We all know that forecasting the strength, movement and impact of the weather system is uncertain.”
Up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain is expected from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe to Grenada and Barbados, although it’s too early to know where the center of the bullet will pass, the Hurricane Center said. warned.
The Guadeloupe government warned of severe weather starting Thursday morning and continuing until late Friday, with waves up to 11 feet (3.5 meters).
“Be careful!” officials warned in a statement.
The bullet is expected to weaken as it enters the eastern Caribbean, followed by a tropical wave shortly thereafter.
The storm hit on Monday. It marked an unusually early and positive start to the Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1. A tropical disturbance with an 80% chance of a cyclone is trailing in Bullet’s tail. June is the first on record for two storms in the tropical Atlantic, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts between 12 and 17 named storms in this year’s hurricane season. Five to nine of these storms could become hurricanes, including up to four major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.
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