Isaac weakens but causes early closure of businesses

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 13th September, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Tropical Storm Isaac is continuing to weaken as it approaches the islands of the Windward Islands, but with some effect being felt in the Leeward Islands.

Though Isaac is not expected to make a direct hit on the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, it still managed to impact the operations of the corporate sector on Thursday, 13th September, with many businesses deciding to close half day.

Merchants explained that they took the decision to close their establishments, as a precautionary measure, and to also allow their staff to attend to personal matters at home with their properties and families.
Banks, clothing stores and most of the jewelry and other establishments located at cruise facility known as Port Zante, which is usually one of the busiest shopping centers, also shut their doors in the afternoon period of Thursday.

Government later in the day issued a formal notice that “The Government of St. Kitts & Nevis will close its offices this afternoon, (Thursday, September, 13th, 2018), effective 1:30 pm until 8:00 am tomorrow morning, due to the impending passage of tropical Storm Isaac over the Federation”.

They also went on to encourage the private sector to do the same, in the interest of ensuring the public’s safety. most essential services however were required to remain open.

Also affected was the regular travel between the two islands, with just about all ferry services coming to a halt.
Apple Syder, Mark Twain, Sea Hustler, Caribe Breeze, Carib Surf, Water Sports Islander, all elected to cut their runs on Thursday but indicated that once conditions are favourable, their services may resume sometime on Friday.

Sea Bridge however indicated that they are likely to operate on Friday, from 7:30 am.
Important facilities like the air and sea ports remained opened and the CEO of the St. Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority told MyVueNews.com that no changes are expected unless the weather conditions determine otherwise.
However, the MET office located at the R.L. Bradshaw International Airport has confirmed that St. Kitts and Nevis that is still under a Tropical Storm Watch and residents must be guided accordingly.

Weather officials also report that gusty conditions are expected throughout Thursday. Isaac is forecast to move across the Central Lesser Antilles into the Eastern Caribbean Sea later today.

Based on the latest information it is important to note that Tropical Storm
Isaac is weakening, but NEMA continues to encourage all residents to remain on alert and monitor the information shared by the relevant authorities and the local media.

The MET Office has also cautioned that as we move into the evening period of Thursday, the islands will be impacted by moderate to heavy rain showers, accompanied by gust conditions and possible thunderstorms.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour