Tropical storm conditions to impact SKN early Monday

The latest information on Danny, as of 5 p.m., indicates that the storm experienced further weakening, with sustained winds now at 40 mph., with higher gusts. Danny is located about 236 miles east-south-east of the federation and is moving forward at about 16 mph. It is projected to pass south of St. Kitts and Nevis.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the Leeward Islands. The track is expected to take Danny close to the Leeward Islands, and rainfall of 2” to 4” can be expected. Tropical Storm conditions should begin affecting the federation late in the night.

Meanwhile, Government offices will be closed on Monday according to the Government’s advisory.

LIAT flights involving St. Kitts have been cancelled for Monday. These include flights 328, 329, 315, 526, 550, 508 and 509, a LIAT Travel Advisory indicates. Some flights on Tuesday might also be affected. American Airlines is monitoring the situation and advising their passengers accordingly.

Several business in Basseterre have taken precaution by shuttering windows, but as news of Danny’s weakening continues, there has been relatively little excess purchases at supermarkets. Nevertheless, NEMA officials had advised earlier that tropical storm conditions can still be damaging and advised residents to take precaution and heed local information provided by relevant authorities.

Government sources say Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris is on his way back to the federation from his official visit to Taiwan.

His message to the nation is as follows: “As you plan for your families, and prepare your property against potential damage from high winds etc, I encourage you to look out for your neighbours, the elderly and the most vulnerable families and persons in our communities” said Prime Minister Harris. “Let us also assist them in preparing to weather the storm.” 

“I want all to be safe, we have not had significant rains for months, and the possibility exist that flash flooding is possible, please exercise caution and stay indoors during the passage of the weather,” stressed Prime Minister Harris. “Avoid the temptation for sightseeing afterwards, and adhere to the warnings given by SKELEC [the St. Kitts Electricity Company Ltd] over the years about downed power lines, use caution when passing through running waters on our roads.”

The last of the ferries were taken from the water this morning. Carib Queen and Carib Breeze were lifted onto land at St. Kitts Marine Works marina. Several other ferries are there, as well as yachts from nearby islands. Fishers have also taken their boats out of the water.

Meanwhile, weather experts are beginning to watch two other weather disturbances in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, west of Cape Verde islands. One has been given an 80 percent chance for significant development.


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