A release from the country’s National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, cautioned residents about heavy rains and the saturation of the soil in vulnerable areas.
A flash flood warning was issued for the islands up to midday, Monday, but the rains continued into the afternoon period, causing some local businesses to be affected as many residents stayed indoors.
Local officials have admonished drivers to exercise extreme care when using the roads especially in areas known to have rock falls and mudslides and flooding. Pedestrians too have been asked to take precautionary measures, recognizing the difficulties posed by the dangerous ghauts in certain parts of both islands.
As a Tropical Wave moved across the Leeward Islands, officials at the Met Office indicated that they would continue to monitor the developments and are likely to adjust their advisories as the conditions unfold.
The Wave is moving westerly across the Caribbean Sea, with a low level trough also present within the area of the Leeward Islands.
At the time of the closure of the schools, many parents and students had already made their way to the various institutions and were forced to change plans.
Many entering the primary and secondary levels for the first time were disappointed that their new academic journey had to be delayed, as the first official word of the closure came just after 8:00am.
In a release issued by the Ministry of Education, it was advised that ALL schools, private and public, be closed due to the inclement weather and the expected flooding.
The release said that for the safety of all students it would be best to close the schools and have the students return to their homes and the care of their parents.
St. Kitts and Nevis, like the rest of the Caribbean and the North Eastern section of the United States, are now in the busiest period of the annual hurricane season.