Rain Forces Schools to Close

 

Most of the schools were flooded with large pools of water filling the playgrounds, corridors, walkways and other open spaces.

The decision was taken by head teachers around lunchtime to dismiss the students urging them to make their way to their various homes throughout St. Kitts.

Thousands of students between the ages 5-17 were seen struggling to make their way home, dashing through the puddles, debris and mud. The heavy water flow in the ghauts on the island also posed some challenge for both pedestrians and motorists.

By mid afternoon a number of companies in the private sector had no choice but to also release their staff for the rest of the day.

The Old Road area was said to be one of the hardest hit with street blockages. On the Bay Road in Basseterre, motorists were still facing the new challenges of forced diversion because of the collapse of a section of that roadway since Monday.

According to the latest weather forecast, residents on the islands should expect more showers, leading into the weekend, but some glimpses of sunshine are predicted.

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The Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mr. Carl Herbert, in an interview on Thursday, (7th October), cautioned residents to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and property, from the flood waters that have already caused much damage.

Herbert revealed that reports from the Meteorological Office, at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport, indicate that St. Kitts had recorded some 11.9 inches of rain, during the past 7 days in October.

He said that between 8:00am and 6:00pm on Wednesday, 6th October, there was a rainfall of 1.52 inches, while at 8:00am on Thursday, 7th October, there was already a rainfall of 2.5 inches.

Thunderstorms became a feature of Thursday, with winds at 12mph and a cool temperature of 77 degrees. The humidity for the day was 100.

Ferry schedules between St. Kitts and Nevis have been disrupted since Tuesday, leaving many travellers stranded. The flight schedules for regional carriers such as LIAT and American Eagle Airlines have also been affected, though on Thursday, some flights had been re-started at the RLB International in Basseterre and Vance Amory Airport in Nevis.

Rain Forces Schools to Close

 

Most of the schools were flooded with large pools of water filling the playgrounds, corridors, walkways and other open spaces.

The decision was taken by head teachers around lunchtime to dismiss the students urging them to make their way to their various homes throughout St. Kitts.

Thousands of students between the ages 5-17 were seen struggling to make their way home, dashing through the puddles, debris and mud. The heavy water flow in the ghauts on the island also posed some challenge for both pedestrians and motorists.

By mid afternoon a number of companies in the private sector had no choice but to also release their staff for the rest of the day.

The Old Road area was said to be one of the hardest hit with street blockages. On the Bay Road in Basseterre, motorists were still facing the new challenges of forced diversion because of the collapse of a section of that roadway since Monday.

According to the latest weather forecast, residents on the islands should expect more showers, leading into the weekend, but some glimpses of sunshine are predicted.

cloudcoverleewards

The Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mr. Carl Herbert, in an interview on Thursday, (7th October), cautioned residents to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and property, from the flood waters that have already caused much damage.

Herbert revealed that reports from the Meteorological Office, at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport, indicate that St. Kitts had recorded some 11.9 inches of rain, during the past 7 days in October.

He said that between 8:00am and 6:00pm on Wednesday, 6th October, there was a rainfall of 1.52 inches, while at 8:00am on Thursday, 7th October, there was already a rainfall of 2.5 inches.

Thunderstorms became a feature of Thursday, with winds at 12mph and a cool temperature of 77 degrees. The humidity for the day was 100.

Ferry schedules between St. Kitts and Nevis have been disrupted since Tuesday, leaving many travellers stranded. The flight schedules for regional carriers such as LIAT and American Eagle Airlines have also been affected, though on Thursday, some flights had been re-started at the RLB International in Basseterre and Vance Amory Airport in Nevis.

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