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All businesses on Saint Lucia have been instructed to close at noon today Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in light of the impending severe weather.
Acting Prime Minister Lenard Montoute said in a statement early Wednesday morning that the weather system is expected to pass over Saint Lucia sometime after mid-day today, Wednesday.
With the passage of this weather system, heavy rains, high winds, thunder and lightning are expected.
“Consequently, I have advised that business houses by closed at 12 noon to facilitate workers and patrons in getting home before the worst of the strike by the weather,” Montoute said in a statement early Wednesday.
“We ask that all citizens exercise caution especially those in flood prone areas and take every measure necessary to protect life and property. Please take heed to all advisory issued by the Met Office and NEMO.”
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.
Neigbouring islands including Barbados, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have also taken similar measures instructing that all schools remain closed for today.