ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES HAS BEEN PLACED ON A TROPICAL STORM WARNING
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING is now in effect for St Vincent and the Grenadines. At mid-day today, the Metrological Office at the ET Joshua Airport in a release said that at 11:00 am the centre of tropical Storm Matthew was located near latitude 13.4 N 60.7 W or about 35 miles east north-east of St Vincent.
Tropical Storm Matthew is moving towards the west at 21mph. This westward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 24- 48 hours. The maximum sustained winds are 60 mph and the minimum central pressure is 1008 millibars.
On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move through the Windward Islands during the next couple of hours, and move over the eastern Caribbean Sea through Friday.
Environmental conditions are conducive for some gradual strengthening over the next
12 – 24 hours.
Rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches (100 to 200 millimeters) are possible with higher amounts likely in mountainous areas. In addition, sea swells of 3 to 4 meters (9 to 12 feet) are also likely.
A full shut down of all activities – public service and business is with immediate effect.
The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is fully activated. All emergency shelters are to remain open.
The E. T. Joshua Airport is closed until further notice.
Residents in flood prone and low-lying areas are asked to take the necessary precautions as Tropical Storm Matthew can generate heavy rainfall and flooding.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services will continue to provide the necessary updates on Tropical Storm Matthew and the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) will continue to provide updates.
85 PERSONS IN EMERGENCY SHELTER AS SEVERE WEATHER THREATENS SVG
Some 88 persons have moved into emergency shelters across St. Vincent and the Grenadines as severe weather threatens to further affect the country on Wednesday.
The National Emergency Management Organisation said that shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, 32 female residents of the Lewis Punnet Home were relocated to the Fair Hall Government School with the assistance of the Ministry of Health and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.
According to I witness News SVG, a further, 50 persons have moved into the George Stephens Secondary School in Colonarie and three persons at the Pamenos Burke Government School. The shelter managers in both shelters reported that these persons reside in low-lying areas.
SHELTER MANAGERS REPORT THAT PERSONS LIVING IN LOW LYING MOVE INTO EMERGENCY SHELTERS
Kingstown, St. Vincent- September 28th , 2016- Approximately 85 persons have moved into emergency shelters across St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Shortly after 8 last evening , 32 female residents of the Lewis Punnet Home were relocated to the Fair Hall Government School with the assistance of the Ministry of Health and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.
There are also confirmed reports of 50 persons moving into the George Stephens Secondary School in Colonarie and 3 persons at the Pamenos Burke Government School. The Shelter managers in both shelters reported that these persons reside in low lying areas.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Luis de Shong has issued an urgent notice that all Nurses who work at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and who are scheduled to work on the evening shift today, Wednesday, September 28, 2016, are advised that they are to report for duty at 1.00 pm instead. Additionally, all Nurses who are scheduled to work on the night shift today, September 28, 2016, are advised that they are to report for duty at 5.00 pm instead. Your URGENT attention to this matter will oblige.
According to the (CWSA) during the passage of the impending weather system it may become necessary to once again shut down its water supply systems.
This means that there is a likelihood that consumers will be without water at some point during the course of today Wednesday September 28th 2016 until the weather system passes!!
SHUT DOWN OF ALL ACTIVITIES – BUSINESSES AND PUBLIC SERVICE IMMEDIATELY
A full closure of all government buildings, businesses and activities has been issued by the Acting Prime Minister – Montgomery Daniel.
All Emergency Shelters will continue to remain open.
Information from the Meteorological Office indicates that St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be placed under a Tropical Storm Warning by noon today.
The local Meteorological Office will provide update and coordinates of system is a subsequent release.
All residents are asked to take the necessary precautions as Tropical Storm Matthew is now formed and St. Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to be under a Tropical Storm Warning.
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