The government has announced that all schools will be closed from 12 p.m. today, Monday, July 8,2013 until Wednesday morning as a result of Tropical Storm Chantal, which is expected to pass over St Lucia within the next 48 hours.
The public is also being advised to take all necessary precautions to prepare for the storm and closely monitor the system. Fishermen are asked to remain on port and secure their equipment.
A government press release on Monday stated that Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony is expected to chair a “pre-strike meeting” of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) at 10 a.m. today. The prime minister will issue a further statement later in the day.
According to the latest official weather report issued at 8 a.m., Tropical Storm Chantal was located near latitude 10,6 degrees north and longitude 50.6 degrees south or about 700 miles east southeast of St. Lucia.
Moving west at near 26 miles an hour, Tropical Storm Chantal is packing winds of about 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. An increase in strength is predicted in the next 48 hours.
The centre of the storm should pass over St Lucia by Tuesday morning, the weather report states.