The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services has stated that Saint Lucia is not currently under a tropical storm watch or warning and adverse weather associated with a current weather system is not expected to significantly impact the island.
Nevertheless, Saint Lucians have been advised to remain vigilant.
A statement from the met office noted that the system has a high probability of developing into a tropical cyclone later today.
“At 11 am today, a strong disturbance was centered about 8.8 degrees N, Longitude 56.8 W or about 325 miles ESE of Trinidad. This system is moving west at about 25 mph or 37 km/h. The maximum sustained winds are about 40 mph or 65 km/h,” the release observed.
The center of the system is forecasted to pass to the South of St Lucia in the vicinity of Trinidad sometime tonight, it said.
Persons with marine interests have been strongly advised to exercise extreme caution as waves and swells associated with the system can cause the seas to become rough.
Residents have also been advised to remain vigilant and continue to listen to all reports that are issued by the St Lucia Meteorological Service or the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).
Officials have told the Times that earlier today there was an emergency meeting of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) system and a part of the regional response mechanism was advanced.
“Deployment teams are on standby in the event that they have to respond to a request for assistance,” the officials have disclosed.
They expect that Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, the South of Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines could be impacted.