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Weather/Natural Disaster

BREAKING NEWS: Storm no longer a threat to Saint Lucia

TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR SAINT LUCIA. TROPICAL STORM DON WEAKENS AS IT MOVES WESTWARD TOWARD THE WINDWARD ISLANDS. AT 11:00 AM TODAY THE CENTRE OF TROPICAL STORM DON WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 11.5 DEGREES NORTH, LONGITUDE 58.0 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 231 MILES OR 428 KILOMETRES EAST SOUTHEAST OF SAINT LUCIA. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Saint Lucian communities affected by 2013 Christmas Eve trough floods get assistance (see video)

Several OECS communities affected by the ‘2013 Christmas Eve Trough’ floods have benefited from disaster risk reduction interventions implemented by the OECS Commission in collaboration with the Government of New Zealand. The partnership, entered into in September 2014, sought to increase the resilience of at-risk communities through the establishment of disaster preparedness facilities, rehabilitation of community infrastructure and provision of ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Castries South Disaster Preparedness Committee re-organized

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) with the support of the Social Transformation Officer of the Department of Equity and Social Justice has reorganized the Castries South Disaster Preparedness Committee. On Tuesday July 4, 2017, a series of planning activities culminated with the appointment ofan Executive Committee which has the mandate to conduct the affairs of the Organization over the ...

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Tropical waves expected to affect St. Lucia and the region by Friday

St. Lucia and the surrounding region are expected to be affected by at least two weather systems – tropical waves – later later this week. Tropical waves usually cause cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms, and can develop into the more severe tropical cyclone or storms. According to the Met Office’s latest weather report, a tropical wave located a few hundred miles ...

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PRESS RELEASE: 10 ways to weather the 2017 hurricane season

Climate Change is inevitable. This is evident with our changing weather patterns and increased weather conditions. Longer periods of drought, intense heat waves, more frequent and stronger hurricanes are all breeding grounds for earthquakes, landslides and flash flooding. While we continue to take action to reduce global warming emissions we must also prepare for the unavoidable effects that have already ...

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Former minister criticises gov’t on non-implementation of flood mitigation works in constituency

Member of Parliament for Vieux Fort North, Moses Jn Baptiste, has expressed concern over what he says is government’s delayed response to flood mitigation in his constituency. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season recently begun and the minister is concerned that Vieux Fort, which is an area prone to flooding and land slippage, has not received the required attention. Jn Baptiste drew ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Enhancing national capacity to utilise climate change impact tools for decision making

The Department of Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) is hosting a national training workshop at the Bay Gardens Inn on the Caribbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) Portal and climate change impacts tools, which will be used to create scenarios for hazard management, evaluating drought, and generating weather scenarios for impact studies. The training ...

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TROPICAL DISTURBANCE: St. Lucia residents advised to remain vigilant

Although the centre of a “tropical disturbance” is projected to pass south of Saint Lucia, residents are being advised to remain vigilant as moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds are still possible, according to the Saint Lucia Met Services 6 p.m. report on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The tropical disturbance is located about 760 miles or 1223 km southeast ...

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Heat waves expected this rainy season, St. Lucians prepare!

St. Lucia and other Caribbean islands, especially those in the south, have been warned to prepare for heat waves as they will be a feature of the 2017 rainy season. That’s according to Dr. Simon Mason of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in his presentation “Caribbean Heat Outlooks: Research and product development” at the Caribbean Regional Climate ...

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Rigobert says Trump’s decision will affect the world’s “poorest and vulnerable”

Minister for Sustainable Development Dr. Gale Rigobert has said the withdrawl of the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement will affect the world’s “poorest and most vulnerable”. The Paris agreement commits the US and 187 other countries to keeping global temperatures rises “well below” 2C (3.6F) and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C. Only Syria and Nicaragua ...

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Hurricane season: Public urged to be vigilant

With the June 1 start of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, residents are being asked to be vigilant to protect lives and property. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has highlighted the possibility of 11-17 named storms of which five to nine could become hurricanes – and two to four possibly major ones. NEMO Director Velda Joseph has said that ...

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KICK ‘EM JENNY UPDATE: No tsunami threat to Saint Lucia – NEMO

PRESS RELEASE – The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has informed the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) of “increased activities” at the Kick ’em Jenny submarine volcano which is located approximately 8 km north of Grenada. According to the UWI-SRC, Kick ’em Jenny erupted on the evening of Saturday, April 29, 2017 and felt reports suggest that ...

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Burst of earthquake events recorded in Saint Lucia

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) in Trinidad has confirmed that there was a small burst of earthquake events which occurred on land in southeast Saint Lucia. These events happened on Wednesday (January 18) from 11:16 p.m. to 11:27 p.m. They were located between 13.79°N -13.80°N and 60.91°W – 60.97°W with magnitudes from 1.9 to 3.0 ...

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Official end to the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

PRESS RELEASE – November 30, 2016 marked the official end to the Traditional Atlantic Hurricane Season.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2016 season “was the first above-normal season since 2012.”   This year the Atlantic witnessed 15 named storms, including 7 hurricanes (Alex, Earl, Gaston, Hermine, Matthew, Nicole, and Otto), 3 of which were major hurricanes ...

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Heavy rains lash St. Lucia

Heavy rains continue to lash St. Lucia and neighbouring islands as a large trough continues to influence weather condition over the lower portion of the eastern Caribbean. The rain has so far lead to landslides and flooding in several areas as the local Met office issues warnings for persons living and transiting flood prone areas and areas prone to land ...

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Landslide at Bagatelle

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that a landslide has occurred at Bagatelle from the present inclement weather. In view of this, commuters are asked to exercise caution as they traverse the Bagatelle Road. Every effort is being made to have the side cleared at the earliest. The Department of ...

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Heavy rains could trigger landslides, flooding island-wide

The St. Lucia Meteorological Office is advising residents and motorists in vulnerable disaster areas to exercise extreme caution and where necessary move to a safer location. In it’s 6.a.m. weather report, the Met Office also said that caution should be exercised since the top soil is already saturated and further heavy rainfall will trigger these hazards. This inclement weather is associated ...

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Schools remain closed today due to inclement weather

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Education has advised that all schools will remain closed today Tuesday 29th November 2016 due to the inclement weather. This also includes the closure of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Saint Lucia is currently experiencing inclement weather brought by an upper level trough that is producing showers and thunderstorms over the Lesser Antilles. ...

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NEMO issues flood advisory for St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – A trough system is currently producing moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms over the Lesser Antilles.   Due to the recent rains over the weekend, the soil moisture in some parts of the island is relatively high and as a result the possibility of flash flooding is heightened.   Residents in areas prone to flooding and ...

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CARICOM sends emergency relief supplies to Haiti post Hurricane Matthew 2016

PRESS RELEASE – CARICOM delivered a shipment of approximately USD$ 53,000 worth of emergency relief supplies to Haiti. Organized by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), through the collaborative efforts of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica, transport of the relief items was facilitated into Haiti by the Government of ...

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Earthquake shakes St. Lucia, eastern Caribbean

An earthquake shook sections of St. Lucia and other eastern Caribbean islands earlier this evening. The magnitude 5.5 tremor struck minutes after 6, just 8km SW of Rosseau, Dominica according to the UWI Seismic Research Centre. No damage has yet been reported. The tremor was felt in Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Lucia and Martinique. (6)(0)

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Earth Science Week puts geologic hazards on the agenda

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet has thrown his support behind the observance of Earth Science Week 2016, October 17th-21st. The week-long observance is spearheaded by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) towards promoting awareness of geologic hazards that may threaten the island, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. Representatives of the UWI Seismic Research Centre ...

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CARICOM to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and The Bahamas post Hurricane Matthew

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Community will rally support for its Member States, Haiti and The Bahamas, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. This was presented during CARICOM’s high level mission to both countries from October 11 – 13, 2016. The delegation which was led by Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, Prime ...

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Seismic Research Unit conducting geo-hazards exercises in St. Lucia

CMC – The Trinidad-based University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) says it is conducting exercises in St. Lucia aimed at learning more about geo-hazards in that island so as to better prepare the population to deal with earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic hazards. UWI-SRC said it is collaborating with the National Emergency Organization of St. Lucia (NEMO) and ...

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NEMO warns against unofficial sources of alerts after fake “Tsunami” alert sent over Whatsapp

PRESS RELEASE – The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has been informed of a WhatsApp message re: Hurricane Matthew and the prediction of a Tsunami hitting the Eastern Caribbean on November 2nd.  PLEASE BE INFORMED THIS MESSAGE IS NOT FROM NEMO OR THE MET OFFICE. I take this opportunity to remind all citizens that they should only listen to official ...

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Saint Lucia commiserates with Haiti

PRESS RELEASE – Acting Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Hon. Guy Joseph, has commiserated with the government and people of Haiti at the devastation and massive loss of life caused by Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 4. The tropical storm grew into a hurricane over the Caribbean Sea, after ...

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Met Office urge residents to remain vigilant

The St. Lucia Meteorological Office is advising residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides, to remain vigilant since the grounds are already saturated. A tropical wave is producing cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms over the region. Another tropical wave located over the Central Atlantic is moving westward near 20 mph or 31 km/h. Mostly cloudy and breezy with ...

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Residents begin cleanup after minor flood in Soufriere

Soufriere has already moved into the cleanup phase after parts of the town closest to the river, were flooded on Wednesday afternoon due to a spill over caused by heavy sea swells. The Soufriere Town Council confirmed with Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) on Thursday morning that everything is back to normal as the sea is now calm and the ...

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Adverse weather conditions expected over Saint Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – An approaching tropical wave interacting with an upper level trough is expected to produce adverse weather conditions over Saint Lucia for the next 48 hours. Associated with this tropical wave are moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall estimates of 20 to 45 mm per day can be expected over the Windward Islands over the next 2 ...

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Weather Channel meteorologist apologizes after claiming hungry Haitian children are eating trees

Weather Channel meteorologist Jennifer Delgado has apologized after a statement made during a report on the deforestation of Haiti. During the report, which highlighted Haiti’s issue with dealing with hurricanes such as Matthew, Delgado said: “They take all the trees down, they burn the trees, even the kids there they are so hungry that they actually eat the trees”. Delgado ...

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Update on recovery effort in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Matthew

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia experienced intense rains and gusty winds due to the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew which impacted the island Wednesday through Thursday. The event triggered a partial, then full activation of the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC). The NEOC stood down today, Friday, 30 September 2016. Preliminary assessments indicate that the agricultural sector was the most ...

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Aerial view of Saint Lucia after Tropical Storm Matthew

A bird’s-eye view gives a clear look at the areas that were most affected by Tropical Storm Matthew. Acting Prime Minister Lenard Montoute was part of the team that took part in this aerial tour of the island. Several communities were flooded during the passage of the storm on Wednesday. With the assistance of agencies such as the National Emergency ...

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PM says next 72 hours of recovery efforts crucial

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet’s first priority when he arrived home Thursday afternoon was to get an assessment of the situation in Saint Lucia following the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew which brought with it heavy rains and wind on Wednesday evening. Prime Minister Chastanet first met with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) where he was briefed on the ...

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Damage assessment continues after Tropical Storm Matthew

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia experienced intense rains and gusty winds due to the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew which impacted the island on Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Tropical Storm Warnings were discontinued as from 5:00 A.M and the ALL CLEAR was issued at 8:00 A.M. by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services. The event triggered the activation of the ...

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Tropical Storm Matthew electricity system update #1

PRESS RELEASE – The main electricity infrastructure held up fairly well during Tropical Storm Matthew. Apart from the Union Substation which suffered some minimal flooding, the Cul De Sac Power Station and the remaining substations (Cul De Sac, Soufriere, Vieux Fort, Praslin, Castries, Reduit) all came through the weather system intact. Several parts of the island suffered power outages as ...

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Govt assessing situation and providing relief following passage of Matthew

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia is in the process of conducting an initial damage assessment following the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew on Wednesday September 28th. The country was given the “All Clear” by the Saint Lucia Metereological Office at 8:00am Thursday and the Tropical Storm warning was discontinued. Acting Prime Minister Honourable Lenard Montoute has been ...

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St. Lucia picks up the pieces after the passage of Matthew, thousands without power

Tropical Storm Matthew left a trail of destruction in various St. Lucian communities. ‎A tree fell on the power line about 100 yards from skyrides cutting off power to several residents. ‎Many communities remain without water and electricity as many electricity poles were destroyed during the passage of the storm last night. ‎The all clear has now been issued by ...

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Matthew’s wrath – Tropical storm causes widespread flooding, power outages(video)

Tropical storm Matthew continues to unless torrents of rainfall on St. Lucia leading to flash flooding and power outages across several towns and communities on the island. The intersection of  Desruisseaux and Belle Vue was flooded by the river that overflowed itss banks. Several areas including Castries are also without electricity. See a video below of the Desruisseaux-Belle Vue intersection: (1)(0)

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BREAKING NEWS: Deaths reported in SVG from TS Matthew

One person is now dead in St. Vincent after being crushed by a boulder due to the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew. The person who is believed to be a teenager in 10th grade, died earlier this evening when a boulder dislodged and crushed him against a house. The exact circumstances which lead to the unfortunate turn of events is ...

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Tropical storm warning remains in effect for St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – At 11:00 am today, a Tropical Storm warning was issued for Saint Lucia. This Tropical storm warning remains in effect for Saint Lucia. At 5:00 pm today, the Centre of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 13.8 North, longitude 62.0 West or about 65 miles or 110km west of Saint Lucia.  Matthew continues on a westward ...

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Storm lead to serious flooding in several communities

Several communities in the South of the island have also been affected by Tropical Storm Matthew. Certain parts in Laborie, Saltibus and Micoud have been flooded with several residents affected. One resident from Laborie who asked not to named told St. Lucia News Online on Wednesday evening that her entire yard is flooded and some neighbours are trying to move ...

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Police Force urges residents to stay indoors

PRESS RELEASE – The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is urging individuals especially motorists to stay indoors. Due to the constant downpour, bridges are becoming impassable and may be unstable especially in Malgretoute, Micoud and other southern communities. Citizens are advised to stay indoors until the “all clear” is given by the relevant authority. (2)(0)

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Tropical Storm Matthew Advisory #2

PRESS RELEASE – A tropical storm warning remains in effect for st. Lucia. Tropical Storm Matthew continues on a westward track, into the Caribbean sea. At 5:00 p.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 13.8 north…Longitude 62.0 west, or about 65 miles or 110 km west of st. Lucia. Matthew is moving toward the west near ...

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Heavy rain leaves roads in Marc and Bexon impassable

Heavy rain brought floods to parts of the Castries South East Constituency particularly in Marc and Bexon on Wednesday evening, rendering several roads impassable to vehicles. Parliamentary representative Guy Joseph told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that he visited the area around 4.p.m. and the situation seems to worsening due to the heavy rain. “Going into the Marc area, not ...

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Heavy rain, potential flooding predicted for Saint Lucia

As tropical storm Matthew strengthens and moves closer to Saint Lucia, the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has predicted intense rain with the potential of flooding in Saint Lucia. Principal of CIMH Dr. David Farrell said that there will be significant rainfall across Saint Lucia starting from the South of the island, with the possibility of it covering the entire country ...

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ALERT!!! St Lucia is now under a tropical storm warning

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Saint Lucia as Tropical Storm Matthew forms in the Atlantic Ocean. Matthew’s threat is imminent, according to the National Met Office which has sounded the alert. Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches across the Windward Islands and southern portions of the Leeward Islands through Thursday. These rains ...

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Tropical storm Matthew hurls towards St. Lucia

Tropical Storm Matthew is now swiftly moving towards St. Lucia after being a tropical wave just a few hours before. At 11 AM the storm was located just 40 km east of St. Lucia and was moving towards the west at a pace of 32 km per hour, a movement that will take it very close to St. Lucia within ...

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Tropical Storm Matthew Advisory #1

PRESS RELEASE – As of 11:00 am today, the wave has been upgraded Tropical Storm Matthew, and Saint Lucia is under a Tropical Storm Watch. Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. This system is moving west to west northwest at approximately 15 to 20 mph or 24 to 32 km/h. The center is ...

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Hurricane Hunters investigating what could be next tropical storm

AL.COM – The Hurricane Hunters on Wednesday morning were investigating a tropical disturbance nearing the Caribbean that could become Tropical Storm Matthew soon. So far the Hunters found that the disturbance, called Invest 97L for now, had winds of 40-45 mph, which are tropical storm force, according to the National Hurricane Center. They are also looking to see if it ...

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CDEMA leads coordination of regional preparedness in anticipation of possible tropical weather system

PRESS RELEASE – As a number of the Participating States of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) brace for the pending impact of a tropical weather system, the Agency has once again taken the lead to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM). To this end, CDEMA in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) convened a ...

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All schools to remain closed on Wednesday

Acting Prime Minister Lenard Montoute is urging Saint Lucians be extremely vigilant and take all necessary action to safeguard themselves and their property in light of the impending storm. Montoute said that based on the weather predictions, his government has decided to instruct that all schools remain closed on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The acting prime minister had met earlier with ...

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Acting PM meets with NEMAC to discuss impending storm

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 ...

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Tropical cyclone expected, Wednesday

GIS – A broad area of low pressure located about 1050 miles or 1689 kilometers east southeast of the Windward Islands continues to show signs of development. This system is moving westward at about 18 mph or 30 km/h and the center is expected to cross the island chain near the Central Windward Islands about Wednesday this week. Strong gusty ...

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Saint Lucia urged to monitor weather system

Weather Channel – A tropical disturbance, Invest 97L, well east of the Windward Islands, is now likely to develop into the next Atlantic named storm later this week, and may pose a threat into next week in the Caribbean basin and possibly beyond. For now, this tropical disturbance is located over 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It’s a ...

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Tropical wave with low storm potential drenches Lesser Antilles

CARIBBEAN 360 – The islands of the Lesser Antilles have been drenched with heavy rains and also experienced gusty winds, thunder and lightning as a result of a tropical wave inching towards them. But it is not expected to become a storm anytime soon. Forecasters say any development of the system will be slow to occur as it continues to approach the Lesser Antilles and ...

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Earthquake recorded in Saint Lucia

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWISRC) has confirmed that a 3.6 magnitude earthquake was felt in the North of St. Lucia, at around 1:03 p.m. It was located at 14.29°N and 61.08°W and had a depth of 29km.  Persons in Rodney Bay and Beausejour felt the tremor. (3)(0)

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Tropical storm Gaston strengthens, expected to become an Atlantic hurricane

TRIBUNE 242 –  Tropical storm Gaston is getting stronger as it moves over the far eastern Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday, according to US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) forecasters. The storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased early on Tuesday to near 50mph after strengthening late on Monday night. The NHC says additional strengthening is forecast. ...

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Emergency teams on standby due to inclement weather

Emergency groups from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) are currently on standby due to the inclement weather being experienced on island. A tropical wave passing over the island has produced scattered showers and heavy rainfall in some parts of the island including Odsan, which is reportedly flooded. The Saint Lucia Meteorological Office is therefore advising residents and motorists in areas ...

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Met Office urges residents to remain vigilant

The Saint Lucia Meteorological Office is advising residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides, to remain vigilant since the grounds are already saturated. Persons are also being urged to be vigilant for flooded areas and some moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms during the next several hours. A tropical wave is producing cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms over ...

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NEMO preparing citizens for current hurricane season

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) is always engaged in preparing citizens for disasters and hazards, but the focus right now is on the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. NEMO has been sending officials to schools and communities to urge citizens to take precaution during this period and to get in a state of preparedness. Communications Manager for NEMO, Kerwin Xavier, told ...

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Gov’t to host disaster management and mitigation lecture

PRESS RELEASE – On Tuesday 28th June 2016 the Sustainable Development & Environment Division, with support from, the Ministry of Equity, social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports and Local Government and the National Emergency Management Office, will host a lecture entitled “Community-based Disaster Response” at the Department of Fisheries Meeting room in Point Seraphine, Castries, from 9:30am. This lecture will ...

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