BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Islands in the northern Caribbean were Tuesday afternoon still under tropical storm warning as Tropical Storm Chris neared the island chain.
A tropical storm warning remained in effect for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, St.
Barthelemy, St Martin and St. Maarten, indicating that tropical storm conditions were expected within the next 12 to 24 hours.
A tropical storm watch was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
The lastest position put the centre of the tropical storm near latitude 17.6 north, longitude 60.9 west or about 65 miles…110 km…east-northeast of Antigua.
Chris is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph – 17 km/hr – and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
On the forecast track Chris is expected to move near or over the northernmost Leeward Islands later Tuesday evening and tonight, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph – 65 km/hr – with higher gusts.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 35 miles -55 km- from the centre.