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The National Emergency Council of NEMO to meet this morning

The National Emergency Council of NEMO to meet this morning

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NEWS RELEASE FOR

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ST.

VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES REMAINS UNDER A TROPICAL STORM WARNING. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN

24 HOURS

According to the latest update from the St.

Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services, at 5am this morning, the

Tropical DISTURBANCE was centered near latitude 8.4 North,

longitude 54.5 West, with an associated 1005 mb low pressure. The disturbance

still has a high chance of becoming Tropical Storm Bret today Monday, before

impacting St. Vincent and the Grenadines Monday evening into Tuesday; and modest strengthening

occurred overnight. The disturbance was about

400miles southeast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines moving toward the

west near 23 mph (37 km/h) and expected to cross over our islands this evening

and Tuesday.

Maximum

sustained winds of near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher

gusts on the northern side of the system. Storm-force winds extend outward up

to 60 miles (95 km), mainly northwest through northeast of the center.

Projections are for the center to pass about 180

miles south of mainland St. Vincent. This means, that the Grenadines Islands

can expect most impact of possible storm conditions.

Expected Conditions

across St. Vincent and the Grenadines late Monday into Tuesday

·

Deteriorating

conditions with pockets of moderate to heavy showers, locally heavy rains, thunderstorms, occasional gusty winds by Monday evening.

·

Rainfall accumulations decreased to 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 mm).

·

Strong EAST-NORTH EAST winds this afternoon increase to 25 to 35

mph…40 to 55km/h with occasional higher gusts to tropical storm force are now

expected.

·

Seas Moderate (1.8-2.5m) by Monday afternoon on east coast; Very rough to high becoming 4.0m- 5.0m (13-16 ft.) across SVG by Monday night into early Tuesday, with easterly storm surge.

A high surf advisory and small craft warning is

in effect and sea-bathers and boat operators should take all necessary

precautions.

The National

Emergency Council of NEMO will convene a meeting at 11:00 a.m. today. NEMO is also urging all residents, especially

residents in the Southern Grenadines to take all the necessary precautions.

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services and the

Barbados Meteorological Services are monitoring the system.

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