A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Dominica due to a disturbance located southeast of the island.

The disturbance is expected to become a tropical cyclone later today or tonight and it could become a tropical storm before reaching the Windward Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24-36 hours.

At 11:00a.m. the disturbance was located near latitude 13.1 North, longitude 54.1 West or about 470 miles east southeast of Dominica.

The disturbance is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

On the forecast track, the disturbance should move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

Expected rainfall amount for Dominica is between 2 to 3 inches (50 to 75mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.

· Mariners and other users of the sea should remain extremely cautious and do not venture far from port.

· Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise caution as flash flooding and winds gusting to tropical storm force are possible tonight into Friday.

· Residents in vulnerable areas should plan ahead and take all precautionary measures throughout tonight and into Friday. Be on the lookout for fast rising water. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOODED ROAD or WATER-WAYS.

· Avoid or limit outdoor activity due to flying debris.

The next Bulletin on Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 will be issued by the Meteorological Service at 2p.m.