Saint Lucians have been encouraged to be on guard and closely monitor Tropical Storm Gonzalo.
Gonzalo has formed in the Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the Lesser Antilles and could impact parts of the Windward Islands this weekend, reports say.
It is located well over 1,000 miles east of the southern Windward Islands, moving west.
The Director of the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services, Andre Joyeux, told St Lucia Times that on its current course, the storm is expected to be close to, or over this country by Saturday morning.
“With 45 MPH winds, we expect tree branches to be broken off – especially with the recent rains. We have noticed that the vegetation is lush, so we are expecting with those winds galvanised roofs will blow off and there will be flooding in cases where persons are not adhering to calls to clear drains,” Joyeaux explained.
The Met Office Director asserted that if Saint Lucians are prepared, there will be less damage to infrastructure if Gonzalo affects Saint Lucia.
He also spoke of the need for citizens, in their preparation, to ensure they have adequate water, food and hurricane supplies as well as medication and documents in a secure place, protected from possible water damage.
“Previously we indicated this would be a very active season,” Joyeaux recalled.
He said the season has lived up to predictions with seven named storms so far.