As Saint Lucia on Friday began experiencing the effects of strong winds and rainfall associated with Elsa, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) called on members of the public to stay at home until the all clear is given.
However NEMO Director, Dorine Gustave, has explained that discontinuation by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services does not constitute an all clear.
“An all clear can only be given by NEMO or the Prime Minister,” she observed.
Gustave also called on members of the public to avoid open flames such as candles and kerosene lamps, while advising that if power is lost, they should turn off major appliances to reduce power surge.
A national shutdown for Saint Lucia went into effect at 4.00 am on Friday.
Both NEMO and Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, have explained that only essential service workers should be out.
On Friday morning, surface observations from Barbados indicated that Elsa’s maximum sustained winds had increased to near 75 mph.
As a result, the weather system has been upgraded to a hurricane.
Hurricane warnings have been issued for Saint Lucia, Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.