The tropical storm warning has been discontinued for St Lucia however, authorities say the “All Clear” has not been given.
The St Lucia Met. Services says it no longer expected sustained tropical stormed forced over St Lucia.
However authorities warn that scattered moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds associated with the outer bands of Maria are expected during the next 12 to 24 hours.
Thus far 110 mm and 88 mm of rainfall has been recorded at Hewanorra and GFL Charles respectively, with higher amounts recorded in other areas, the Met. Service said in its 8:00am advisory.
In light of this, soils across the island are saturated and the there is strong possibility of flooding and landslides with any further heavy rainfall, the advisory added.
Persons living in areas prone to these hazards are advised to remain vigilant.
Forecasters say rough seas generated by hurricane Maria will continue to affect Saint Lucia with waves and swells 13 to 15 feet or 4.0 to 4.6 metres for the next 24 hours.
Small craft operators and local fishermen have been “strongly advised” to remain in port and residents are also advised to stay away from the beaches.
The 8:00 am Tuesday Hurricane Maria was located around 194 miles northwest of Saint Lucia with 160mph winds.
Maria is moving toward the west northwest near 9 mph.