Aug 18, 2017

Harvey Buffets Windward Islands En Route to Caribbean

Speightstown
Barbados
by
Bob Henson
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Category 6 - Weather Underground
Infrared GOES-16 satellite image of Tropical Storm Harvey as of 1700Z (1 pm EDT) Friday, August 18, 2017. GOES-16 data are preliminary and non-operational. Image: NASA/MSFC Earth Science Branch
Infrared GOES-16 satellite image of Tropical Storm Harvey as of 1700Z (1 pm EDT) Friday, August 18, 2017. GOES-16 data are preliminary and non-operational. Image: NASA/MSFC Earth Science Branch

Even as a minimal tropical storm (top sustained winds of 40 mph), Tropical Storm Harvey rocked parts of the Windward Islands with high surf, gusty winds, heavy rain, and flooding. As of 11 am EDT Friday, Harvey was located about 15 miles south-southwest of St. Vincent and about 50 miles south-southwest of St. Lucia. Both of those islands experienced the stronger northwest side of the storm. Harvey’s center also passed just south of Barbados, where flooding has been reported, including in the Speightstown area of northern Barbados.

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Given Harvey’s minimal strength, it’s not surprising that winds have been on the mild side. Here are some peak winds from the passage of Harvey through the Windward Islands on Friday morning:

  • Martinique: sustained winds of 29 mph, gusting to 44 mph, at 10 AST
  • St. Lucia: sustained winds of 23 mph, gusting to 43 mph, at 9:18 AST
  • Barbados: 24 mph sustained winds at 8 am AST