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19 Jul 2017 | 09:32 AM UTC

Caribbean: Tropical Storm Don approaching the region

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Tropical Storm Don approaching the southern Caribbean region (Grenada, Barbados, Venezuela, Colombia) as of July 18

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/18/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/20/2017, 11:59 PM (America/Grenada). COUNTRY/REGION Grenada, Barbados, Northern Venezuela


Tropical Storm Don has formed in the Atlantic and is currently - as of early July 18 - located approximately 620 km (380 mi) east of Grenada. According to the US-based National Hurricane Center’s current predictions, the storm is expected to move in a westerly direction, passing over the southern Lesser Antilles and the northern coastal areas of Venezuela and Colombia in the coming days. A tropical storm "warning" has been issued for Grenada; lesser tropical storm "watches" have been issued for the islands of Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Bonaire.

Heavy rain could result in flooding (particularly in coastal, low-lying, and river adjacent areas) as well as landslides in hilly areas. Power outages and transportation disruptions are also possible.


Tropical storms are common in the Caribbean region during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30.


Individuals in the above areas are advised to follow local weather forecasts and adhere to any advice issued by regional authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders). In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.


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