Tropical Storm Harvey bringing heavy rain to St Lucia

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for St Lucia as Tropical Storm Harvey begins to affect the island this morning with heavy rain.

At 5 o’clock Friday morning, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located around 135 miles east south east of St Lucia with maximum sustained winds near 40mph, according to the St Lucia Meteorological Service.

The storm is moving toward the west near 18 mph, and a continued westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

The Saint Lucia MET Services has indicated that the centre of the storm is expected to pass directly over Saint Lucia around 8:00 am this morning and will continue to affect Saint Lucia into the afternoon, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said in a statement released overnight.

He advised residents and motorists in areas prone to flooding and landslides to be vigilant and exercise extreme caution.

St Lucia Met Service has also advised small craft operators to remain in port and other marine interests to exercise extreme caution.

Residents are also advices to keep away from the beaches.

NATIONAL ACTIONS TAKEN

  1. The National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) met yesterday on the situation. The Emergency Operations Centre was partially activated from 5:30 p.m. yesterday.

  2. Police and Emergency Personnel were briefed and are fully mobilised. The Special Services Unit (SSU) and Marine Unit are on full alert.

  3. District Disaster Committees have been briefed and continue to update the NEMO Secretariat on their areas.

“On a special note, let us all pray for the safety of all Saint Lucians and in particular for our farmers who are still recovering from Tropical Storm Matthew. May God bless their crops, may God bless Saint Lucians and may God bless Saint Lucia,” the PM statement added.

Forecasters say Harvey should move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea later today.

A Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect for Martinique, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica.

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