Tropical Storm Elsa Has Strengthened To A Category 1 Hurricane.

PR – At 8:00 am, Hurricane Elsa was centered at latitude 12.9 North, longitude 59.8West, about 112 nautical miles east north east of Grenada. The center of the system passed just south of Barbados and continues to support torrential rains, thundershowers and gusty winds across Barbados and the northern Windward Islands, the Lesser Antilles.

Grenada is currently experiencing overcast conditions in light to heavy thundershowers from the effects of the outer feeder (rain bands) of the system. The system is moving toward the west northwest at 28 mph (44 km/h) with Maximum sustained winds near 75mph (125 km/h) with higher gusts. The minimum central pressure is 995mb or 29.38 inches.

The system will continue on a west north westerly track across the northern Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands today, Friday, just north of the State of Grenada and, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea late Friday and Friday night. This system is expected to bring showers and thundershowers to Grenada and the rest of the Windward Islands on Friday.

Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique can expect cloudy to overcast conditions with showers (which may become heavy) and thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds today. Some residual showers can also be expected on Saturday. The likelihood of significant impacts is greater for the Sister Isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

A hurricane warning has been issued for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.


NaDMA, on the advice from the Meteorological Office will continue to monitor the system and provide timely updates.