Beryl passes Barbados, storm force winds and rain in forecast

The eye of Hurricane Beryl is now south-southwest of Barbados.

Beryl remains a strong category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds is now 130 MPH (215 km/h).

At 8 a.m. Monday, the eye was located near 12.0N 60.5W or about 100 miles (161km) south-southwest of Barbados. The system continues to move west-northwestward at 20 MPH (31 km/h) with a minimum central pressure is 959mb.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55km) from the centre and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).

Feeder bands from the system continue to bring storm-force winds of 40 to 60 mph and intermittent moderate to heavy showers across the island and will persist throughout the morning.

This morning, the maximum wind gust recorded at Charnocks, Christ Church, was 69.6 mp/h.

A hurricane warning is issued when sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph/119kmh) or greater associated with a hurricane are forecast to affect Barbados within 36 hours.

The next update will be at 11 a.m., Monday, or sooner if conditions warrant. (PR/SAT)

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