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Hurricane watch issued for Dominica

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Dominica as the first hurricane of the Atlantic season approaches the Lesser Antilles. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area in 48 hrs.
At 5pm Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 degrees north and longitude 47.8 degrees west or about 843 miles east south-east of Dominica. Beryl is moving west at 15 mph (24km/h) with maximum sustained winds of near 80mph or 130km/h. Beryl is expected to make contact with island chain on Sunday or Monday.
While a hurricane watch has been issued and not a hurricane warning precautions are still highly advised.
Residents are advised to keep informed on the progress of this system and to make all necessary preparations.
Regardless of intensity, a deterioration in weather conditions is expected across Dominica by Saturday night, increasing to widespread moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and winds gusting to hurricane force by Sunday afternoon into Monday.
Rough to dangerously high seas are expected to begin affecting Dominica by Sunday night through to Monday.

All users of the sea are advised to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property.

Current rainfall amount projected for Dominica is between 6 to 12 inches (150 to 300mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.

  • Mariners and other users of the sea should remain extremely cautious and make all necessary preparation to protect property and should return to port by early Sunday. A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning will be in effect from 6am Sunday July 8, 2018.
  • People in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as life threatening flash flooding is possible from Sunday night. A FLOOD WARNING will be in effect for Dominica from 12 noon Sunday July 8 to 2pm Monday July 9, 2018.

A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect for the following islands:

* Martinique

* Guadeloupe

* St. Martin

* St. Barthelemy

The next update on Hurricane Beryl will be issued by the Meteorological Service at 8p.m.

In the meantime, Barbadians are being advised to closely monitor the approach of Hurricane Beryl as it makes its way towards the island chain.

Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, today issued this caution as officials continue to monitor the system, which is presently moving towards the west near 15 miles per hour or 24 km per hour.

She urged persons to monitor local media for updates and to download the Common Alerting Protocol app – cap.cap or capcap - from the App Store for persons with iPhones or from the Google Play Store for those with android devices.

Alternatively, persons may also receive email notifications by visiting the DEM’s website and registering for the alerts.

 “Updates will be posted via the CAP system,” Ms. Hinds stated.

Based on current projections from the Barbados Meteorological Services (MET Office), the centre of the system is expected to pass to the north of Barbados Sunday night into early Monday morning.

An information statement issued by the MET Office at noon today, Friday, July 6, warned that any southward deviation from its present path may require that a watch or warning be issued for Barbados at short notice.

Given these projections, Ms. Hinds said it was likely that the island would experience deteriorating conditions on Sunday into Monday.

 “We are likely to have rainfall and there is always the possibility of flooding. Those in flood prone areas should take the necessary precautions to mitigate or prepare for possible flooding,” she said.

She added that the MET Office has informed that a high surf advisory and small craft warning would be in effect from tomorrow, Saturday, July 7, from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 9.

The Director urged persons to continue to monitor the progress of the system, take all necessary precautions and leave nothing to chance.

She also gave the assurance that all the emergency response agencies were on full alert.

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