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Met Service monitoring tropical disturbance

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service says it is monitoring a tropical disturbance that has entered the monitored area.

On Sunday, a tropical cyclone alert was implemented for the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

According to the alert issued by Acting Chief Meteorologist, Dale Destin, “A tropical cyclone alert means that, in this case, a tropical disturbance is in our monitored area of concern, but a watch or warning is not required, at this time.”

While it is too early to determine the full impact the system, AL91, may eventually have, it is forecast be in the vicinity by Friday or Saturday this week as a tropical depression or minimal tropical storm.

It is therefore possible that it could pose an elevated threat with the potential to cause limited impact from storm force winds and high seas, resulting in life-threatening conditions and minor disruptions to daily life.

The public, who should still have their hurricane preparedness plan in place, are being urged to be safe, prepared to begin implementing their hurricane disaster plan.

On Sunday when the alert was issued, AL91 had maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.

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