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Businesses remain open as strong tropical wave showers the islands

The weather condition did not prevent private transport from plying normal routes, although getting passengers proved challenging at times because of rainfall. In fact, several bus drivers assisted their regular passengers by going off their designated bus routes and taking some passengers to, or near, their places of work.

A drive around Basseterre revealed that the rainfall might have caused the businesses located in the city to experience a somewhat slow morning, with many of them having few or no customers on the inside. Some had their doors closed as staff arrivals were delayed.

The Meteorological Office at the R. L. B. International Airport extended its “Flash Flood Watch’ to 12 noon, as soils became oversatuated.

Earlier in the week, on Monday, the cruise liner ‘Oasis of the Seas’, with cruise passenger capacity of 6,400, cancelled its call to St. Kitts for Wednesday, 24th August, 2016, due to the potential threat of the adverse weather conditions on its Eastern Caribbean route.

Meanwhile, Police advised motorists travelling along the Sir Kennedy Simmonds Highway on the Southeast Peninsula to be aware of potential rock slides on some segments of the highway. Drivers were encouraged to be “alert and exercise caution”.   

Officials from the Meteorological Office at the R. L. B. International Airport have indicated that the weather conditions will improve later in the day. Overcast condition with decreasing intermittent showers will occur into the evening.

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