According to officials at the Meteorological Services in Basseterre, Tropical Storm Ernesto is passing a safe distance to the south of St. Kitts and Nevis, across the Windward Islands. No tropical storm watches or warnings are required for the area. However, moisture from the system will likely cause some unsettled weather over the next 24 hours. Possible peak rainfall total for the next 24 hours is 10 mm or 0.40 inch.
It is widely believed that Ernesto could develop into a hurricane over the next couple days and may affect islands further west like Jamaica.
Today, Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with brief showers this afternoon but the chance of showers is 80%. Friday night however is expected to be mostly cloudy with brief showers likely. The chance of showers tonight is 60%.
Across the Eastern Caribbean, the forecast is showing that Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to maintain storm conditions across Barbados, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia and St Vincent for most of this morning. Thereafter the winds will subside; however, showers and thunderstorms will continue, with some heavy at times. Trinidad and Tobago will remain outside of the storm winds; however, showers and thunderstorms will prevail. Meanwhile, brief showers are likely across the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Hispaniola will be partly cloudy with widely scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms.