by Eulana Weekes
Residents of St. Kitts and Nevis continue to prepare for a strengthened Hurricane Tammy. A few scattered showers were experienced overnight Friday, October 20, into Saturday morning, October 21.
However, based on the latest bulletin, Hurricane Tammy has somewhat remained consistent when compared to the 2 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. bulletin.
At 5 a.m. this morning, Tammy had taken a slight north-westerly turn, moving at about 9 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.
Currently, the heaviest rainfall and winds are centred around the eye, but according to Forecasters, an area of convective activity is trailing the system, consisting of massive amounts of lightning and thunderstorms, which Forecasters predict would be impacting the islands long after the Hurricane passes.
The weather system is expected to produce gusty winds of up to 90 miles per hour, 4 to 6 inches of rain and waves of about 12 feet.
Forecasters have not ruled out the possibility of further strengthening as Hurricane Tammy approaches the islands.