Acting PM meets with NEMAC to discuss impending storm

By SNO Staff
(Photo: HO, AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: HO, AFP/Getty Images)

A meeting was held Tuesday between officials from the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) and acting Prime Minister Lenard Montoute to discuss preparations for the impending storm.

Montoute said based on those discussions and the next weather update to be produced at 6.p.m. today, it will determine whether schools and businesses will be advised to close on Wednesday.

“I am being told that the last assessment this morning shows that we are still in the path,” he said.

Saint Lucia would be affected within the next 48 hours, beginning in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Strong gusty winds, heavy rainfall and rough seas are expected to affect the Eastern Caribbean region especially the Windward Islands during the passage of this system.

The National Hurricane Centre in the United States has predicted that there is a 90 percent chance of the system developing into a cyclone and affecting several Windward islands.

Residents and interests in the region have been advised to closely monitor the progress of this system.

The Saint Lucia Met Services will be issuing updates via its regular weather bulletins, press releases and social media during the approach and passage of this tropical cyclone.

The National Emergency Management Office has also issued a statement Tuesday urging residents to be vigilant and put all the mechanisms in place in preparation for the storm.

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6 comments

  1. I am very disappointed with NEMAC. They reminded me of the Christmas trough incident. Lack of information.

    "Saint Lucia would be affected within the next 48 hours, beginning in the early hours of Wednesday morning."

    "Strong gusty winds, heavy rainfall and rough seas are expected to affect the Eastern Caribbean region especially the Windward Islands during the passage of this system"

    This is the crap advise from NEMAC "

    "Montoute said based on those discussions and the next weather update to be produced at 6.p.m. today, it will determine whether schools and businesses will be advised to close on Wednesday"

    Since yesterday Barbados have been giving advisories to their people. Continuous discussion and warnings on their media. Today there was only lease important issues being discussed on our radio stations. Limited information on the impending tropical system. A trough was enough to kills so many. If this system begin affecting us tonight what is there in place for the elderly and those bed ridden people. Nothing! There are such people living in flood prone area.

    This new government need to look at this closely since it is their first experience. They depend on NEMAC for information.

    Let us all pray that nothing serious happens

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  3. I would like to know why some business places refuse to close and let staff ho and tend to their homes and families after orders were given by the state officials?!

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  5. I am assuming that an announcement will come during the evening news.

    The St. Lucian public also needs to be proactive and ensure that they have a supply of clean drinking water stored for a few days in event of any interruption to potable water supplies. Parents should assess the situation closely as well and use their best judgement before sending their children to school. I would assume that schools are being prepared to become shelters in the event of a hit. Therefore, having students attend school only to be sent home at midday may prove chaotic. I am also hoping that the public will not be complacent as safety should be priority.
    Guidance!

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    • The storm already hit me, its is almost a month I have not have a supply of clean drinking water ,so I guess the rain will ease my pain. i do not experience interruption of portable water I just do not get it, when I should. What a great experience in the preparation for a storm.

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  7. St.lucia should take note of how the gov of Barbados have things so much organized
    Its always last minute here

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    • are you in barbados to know that???
      maybe just like some of you Lucians there are bajans who dont keep themselves informed and know nothing of the impending disaster. stop blaming everyone else

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