The Ministry of Education, Reconciliation, and Ecclesiastical Affairs has advised that all schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be closed today, Tuesday, September 19th.
Meanwhile, the island remains under Storm watch and a flood warning is in effect.
Feeder bands from the southern side of Hurricane Maria continue to generate pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds across the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Sustained westerly wind speed of 20 – 35 mph (32 – 56km/h) with higher gusts can be expected. Rainfall accumulations of 3 – 5 inches (75 – 125 mm) are possible, with higher amounts in mountainous areas.
The Flood Warning has been extended until 12:00 noon today, Tuesday 19th September, 2017.
Persons near rivers, streams and areas prone to flooding and land slippage, should take precautions.
Seas across SVG are expected to be at least 4- 6 metres (13ft-20ft), with life-threatening surf and rip current.
The High Surf Advisory and Small Craft Warning remain in effect until 12:00 pm today, Tuesday 19th September, 2017.
Small craft operators are advised to remain in port and sea bathers and other users of the sea are strongly advised to stay out of the water.
The Saint Vincent Meteorological Services and the Barbados Meteorological Services will continue to monitor Hurricane MARIA; next update at 8:00 am