Residents urged to stay indoors until tropical storm passes

A Government advisory to residents states, “On the advice of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and information from the Met Office, residents of the Federation should remain indoors until the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. Consequently, Government Offices will be closed until it is considered safe to venture out.”

At 5:00 am, the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 16.8 north, longitude 61.5 west, or about 95 miles east of St. Kitts and Nevis. It is moving toward the west at a reduced forward speed of near 16 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecasted during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles primarily to the north and east of the center. The latest minimum central pressure is 1003 mb or 29.62 inches.

Erika is expected to produce minimal storm force winds across the islands ranging between 35 and 55 mph. however, peak gusts of 50 to 75 mph are possible. Mariners should have already sought safe anchorage for their vessels, as seas are deteriorating and could peak near 12 feet during the passage of Erika.

Possible rainfall total from Erika is expected to be generally less than three inches. A flash flood watch may be required.

Residents should closely monitor the progress of Erika until it is out of our area.


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