NEMA Cautioning Citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis to be on Guard as Cyclone Approaches

The system has been identified as Tropical Depression Seven. A Tropical Cyclone Alert has already been issued by the St. Kitts-Nevis Meteorological Services, indicating that St. Kitts and Nevis could begin to feel the effects of the system, which is forecast to strengthen to a Tropical Storm before reaching the Lesser Antilles, by late Saturday 11th to early Sunday morning on the 12th August, 2012.

Accordingly, residents are reminded to refrain from parking vehicles or congregating within, or close to, ghauts and known waterways, as flood waters can move swiftly becoming fatal at times, with little or no warning.

The official advisory suggests that rainfall may exceed one inch as this system traverses St. Kitts-Nevis, therefore persons are cautioned to do whatever is necessary to protect family and property, particularly in areas that are prone to flooding.

Swells are expected to rise and Mariners are advised to secure their boats and to monitor the progress of this system closely over the next 48 hours. Sea bathers too, are warned to approach the sea with vigilance and to refrain from entering the ocean once the weather begins to deteriorate, as currents may be stronger than usual.

Herbert is also encouraging persons to pay attention to the local media for further updates and alerts regarding the passage of Tropical Depression Seven.

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