Tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within 36 hours.

At 5:00 am today the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was located near latitude 9.4 degrees north, longitude 48.8 degrees west or about 865 miles or 1390 kilometers east-southeast of Saint Lucia.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph or 65 km/h.  Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles or 165 kilometers from the center.

Tropical Storm Elsa is moving towards the west near 25 mph or 41 km/h. An even faster motion to the west-northwest is expected over the next 24 to 36 hours. On the forecast track, the system will pass near Saint Lucia or over the Windward Islands on Friday, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea late Friday and Friday night.

Elsa is expected to produce tropical storm winds up to near 60 mph or 96 km/h and rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches or 76 to 152 mm with maximum totals of 8 inches or 203 mm across the Windward Islands and Barbados on Friday.

Tropical Storm warnings are also in effect for Martinique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados.  A tropical storm watch is in effect for Guadeloupe.

The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services will continue to closely monitor the progress of this system and the next advisory will be issued at 8:00 am.

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