Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre is concerned about the devastation a major hurricane could cause in the Caribbean.
“That is one of my biggest concerns – the threat of a major hurricane hitting our region, particularly Saint Lucia,” Pierre told reporters on the margins of Monday’s Cabinet meeting.
“I lose sleep over that. Something that we have no control over, but something that is reality because of climate change,” the Prime Minister stated.
Climate change was among agenda items for discussion at a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders meeting this week.
Last month, Prime Minister Pierre called on the local media and Saint Lucia to pay close attention to climate change, disproportionately impacting Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Asserting that the climate change threat is real, he declared that Caribbean people must prepare.
The Saint Lucia Prime Minister is CARICOM’s Lead Head for Sustainable Development and Climate Change.
He reiterated his climate change concerns on Monday, one day before Tropical Depression Thirteen developed into Tropical Storm Lee in the Atlantic.
Forecasters expect Lee to become a major hurricane by Friday.
And the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services said interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the storm.
United States weather experts meanwhile expect Lee to continue strengthening into a 145-mph storm by Sunday.