Mr. Herbert has warned that the information, though positive, can rapidly change without opportunity for warning. He is encouraging persons to remain watchful, and continue to observe the local media for bulletins and alerts as Ophelia may bring rain showers to already saturated soil in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Mr Herbert said “We must remember that the hurricane season does not end until November 30th, so we still have a way to go in terms of storm development, thus residents are urged to remain prepared all through the season.”
The hurricane season so far has been very active with fifteen named storms, three hurricanes and two major hurricanes of more than 100 mph winds. Earlier forecasters had predicted sixteen named storms with nine hurricanes, five of them being major.
The National Emergency Management Agency said it is continuing to monitor the progress of Ophelia, and in so doing remains in contact with the Meteorological Services.
The projected track for Ophelia sees it taking a path north of the Leeward Islands into the north-eastern Caribbean through early next week.