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 several agencies including the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee, to discuss preparations for the storm.
Below is the acting prime minister’s full statement:
Fellow Saint Lucian over the last few hours the Saint Lucia Met Services has been monitoring an area of low pressure situated to the east of the Windward Islands.
According to the Meteorological Services, as at 4:00 pm today, this area of low pressure was located approximately 300 miles or 482 kilometers east of Barbados.
The system show signs of development and is moving west to west northwest at approximately 15 to 20 mph or 24 to 32 km/h. On this track the center is expected to cross the island chain near the Central Windward Islands tomorrow morning Wednesday 28th September, 2016.
Associated with this system are heavy rains and tropical storm force winds in squalls consequently, in an effort to preserving life and property I have decided schools will remain closed tomorrow Wednesday 28th September, 2016.
Following my NEMAC meeting this morning I am satisfied that NEMO is in a state of readiness and that all agencies are on full alert including the District Disaster Committees. Additionally, as of 6pm the Commissioner has cancelled leave for all officers.
I urge all citizens to continue monitoring the system and to listen to official updates from NEMO and the MET Office.
Residents in areas prone to flooding and landslides are asked to be extremely vigilant and take all necessary preemptive action to safeguard themselves and their property.