From 12:00 PM today Thursday, August 31, 2017, a high pressure system established itself across the region. Low level clouds moving westward could result in occasional cloudiness and a few showers across parts of the island chain during the next 12 hours. Meanwhile, a westward moving tropical wave located just east of the Lesser Antilles is expected to approach the area by tomorrow, Friday.
Tropical Storm Irma was upgraded to hurricane status at 11 am today. The system is located over the eastern Atlantic about 1825 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west North West near 10mph with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph. The center of the system is projected to move just northeast of the area by Tuesday into Wednesday of next week.
Dominicans are advised to monitor the progress of this system, and to make all necessary preparations as feeder bands from Irma and rough seas could affect the island. Slight to moderate seas are expected during the next 24 to 48 hours with waves peaking near 5.0 feet.
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