NEC To Hold Meeting Related To The Fast Approaching Tropical Disturbance

The National Emergency Council of NEMO will meet tomorrow, Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 9:00 a.m. to discuss matters relating to the area of low pressure located over the mid- Atlantic that is likely to bring heavy rains and strong gusty winds across the island during its passage.

This meeting will be chaired by the Hon. Montgomery Daniel, Acting Prime Minister. According to the latest update from the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Office The area of low pressure located over the mid- Atlantic, is now centered near 9°N 46°W or about 950 miles to the east- south-east of the Windward Islands.

Area to watch
Area to watch

The system is presently moving westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph and on its present track is expected to be in the vicinity of St. Vincent and the Grenadines by late Tuesday or Wednesday.

The initial effect should start Tuesday night into Wednesday with increasing cloudiness and heavy showers. Model analysis indicates that there is a very strong possibility that this system could become a Tropical Depression by the middle of the week.

Regardless of development, this system is likely to bring heavy rains and strong gusty winds across the island during its passage.

The projected impacts are:

• Heavy rainfall and thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds. The Wind may occasionally approach tropical storm.
• Flooding and landslides
• Significant wave heights of 6 – 6.5 m can be expected over the Windward Islands. Coastal flooding can be expected. Marine operators should exercise caution
• The recent wet conditions experienced by islands in the Eastern Caribbean may exacerbate flooding due to antecedent soil conditions
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), through the Meteorological Office, will continue to monitor this tropical disturbance in the Atlantic.

All residents are advised to be on the alert and continue to make preparations as this disturbance approaches land.

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