Prime Minister Allen Chastanet Thursday urged members of the public to remain at home as Saint Lucia shuts down from 4.00 am on Friday in view of Tropical Storm Elsa.
He said only persons in essential services should venture out.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has said that the shutdown will remain until the all clear is given.
A tropical storm warning remained in effect for the country Thursday night with tropical storm conditions expected within 12 hours.
The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services said at 8:00 pm that the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was located near latitude 11.4 degrees North, longitude 54.7 degrees West or about 461 miles or 741 kilometers East-SouthEast of Saint Lucia.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph or 75 km/h, with higher gusts, while some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
On the forecast track, the system will pass near Saint Lucia or over the Windward Islands on Friday and move into the Caribbean Sea late Friday after dumping heavy rainfall.
Prime Minister Chastanet in a video recording on his official Facebook page, urged the country to pray that the Lord blesses Saint Lucia one more time, so that no one is hurt or property damaged and ‘we can continue working’.
And he asserted that long before Elsa, the government has been preparing Saint Lucia to become more resilient.
Chastanet recalled that his administration has spent millions of dollars through the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) on initiatives, like the one he was visiting in Anse La Raye, to get proper drains.
“The amount of desilting that we have done and I just want to say that we do have a plan and have been working hard and will continue to work to make sure we can finish the job – make sure that you are safe and it’s on occasions like this we are reminded how important making this investment in infrastructure is,” the PM declared.