Thursday, February 21, 2019

Isaac: NEMO says Saint Lucia not completely in the clear

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As hurricane Isaac approaches the Islands, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has warned that Saint Lucia is not completely out of danger.

NEMO Director, Velda Joseph, has said that the system, on its current projected path, is expected to pass between Dominica and Guadeloupe.

But she stressed that hurricanes are unpredictable.

“Anything can happen at any time,” Joseph told reporters Monday.

She called on Saint Lucians to be prepared to deal with any eventuality and take heed of information coming from NEMO and the local Met Office.

Joseph stated that she was aware of voice notes and messages circulating on social media with information that is not relevant to this country.

The NEMO official noted that some messages are asserting that are three hurricanes threatening the region.

However she explained that although there are three systems in the Atlantic, Isaac is the one that poses a threat at this time.

At 11:00 am Monday, the centre of Hurricane Isaac was located near latitude 14.7 degrees North, longitude 43.9 degrees West, about 1145 miles or 1842 kilometres East of Saint Lucia, according to the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services.

Isaac is moving towards the West near 14 MPH and this motion, with a slight increase in forward speed, is expected through the end of the week, the Met Services stated.

According to the information, on the forecast track, the centre of Isaac is expected to move across the Lesser Antilles near or over Dominica and into the Eastern Caribbean sea on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 MPH or 120 KM/H with higher gusts.

“Additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two, but Isaac is forecast to begin weakening as it nears the Lesser Antilles,” the Met Office report stated.

However, Isaac is still expected to be at or near hurricane intensity when it reaches the Islands.


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