St. Lucia Expecting The Worst, PM Announces 6pm Shutdown


Photo Caption: An updated forecast projection for Tropical Storm Dorian suggests it could be a Category 1 hurricane when it approaches Puerto Rico on Wednesday evening


St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced a 6:00pm shutdown of the country, as Tropical Storm Dorian heads toward the region on a path that could send it near Puerto Rico by midweek.

“We are expecting the worst,” St.Lucian Prime Minister Chastanet told reporters following a pre-strike meeting of the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) on Monday (August 26).

The storm is expected to pass through by 2am.

Rainfall of between 6 and 10 inches is expected, along with hurricane winds. At this time it is expected that Dorian will be a category 1 hurricane when it impacts St Lucia. However, Chastanet noted that much can change between now and 2:00am.

Chastanet said the official 6:00pm shut down on Monday, August 26, 2019 would give the country, within policy guidelines, at least seven hours before the hurricane affects the Island.

Prime Minister Chastanet said that by shut downtime, everyone should either be at their homes or in a shelter. Only when NEMO gives the all-clear will the shutdown end.

Meanwhile, tropical storm warnings had been put into effect for Barbados, Martinique and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and tropical storm watches were issued for Grenada and Dominica.

Dorian is the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.



Franklin McKnight

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