Tropical storm Beta could be the worst hurricane to hit the Caribbean in years.
The storm is expected to make landfall between the island of St Lucia and the Caribbean island of Dominica, causing life-threatening storm surges and widespread flooding.
Tropical storm prognosticators have forecast Beta could become the biggest hurricane to strike the Caribbean since the 1989 disaster that killed over 1,500 people and destroyed much of the country.
Tropical storm prognosis In an update to its forecast on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said the storm is predicted to hit St Lucia between Friday and Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 100mph (220km/h) and storm surge of up to 3m (10ft) at landfall.
The forecast said the area around the storm will be inundated with rainfall.
“The current track of Beta is forecast to develop a tropical storm track towards the end of the day, with maximum wind gusts in excess of 100 mph (220 km/h),” the forecast said.
More to come.