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Hurricane Elsa

The tropical warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has been upgraded to a hurricane warning.

At 8 a.m., Friday, the centre of Hurricane Elsa was located near latitude 12.9 degrees north; longitude 59.8 degrees west, or approximately 95 miles (155 kilometres) east of SVG. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.38 inches).

Movement is toward the west-northwest near 28 mph (44 km/h) and the centre of the system is expected to pass near or over SVG late Friday morning.

Sustained surface winds between 75 to 95 mph (120 to 152 km/h) with higher gusts are expected to spread across SVG this morning; persisting into the evening with light rain and pockets of intense showers and thunderstorm activities.

Rainfall accumulations of at least 3 to 6 inches (75 to 150 mm) are possible with isolated higher amounts by tonight. Further accumulations of 2 inches (50mm) are likely by Saturday night.

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This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Residents in areas prone to flash flooding and landslides or near rivers and streams should be prepared.

Large northerly to south-easterly swells peaking near 5.0 metres (16 feet) are also forecast to accompany the system. Low-lying coastlines around the islands will be particularly vulnerable at times of high tide. High tide is expected at 1:01 p.m.today, Friday.

Large waves and dangerous rip tides can be expected. These will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators and fishermen.

A high-surf advisory and small-craft warning are in effect until 12 noon on Sunday.

Small craft operators are advised to remain in port. Sea bathers and other users of the sea are advised to stay out of the water.

All preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Elsa should be completed, and residents should continue to keep updated on the progress of this system.

The next Advisory will be at 11 a.m.

Take the necessary measures to protect livelihoods and properties. Be prepared!

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