Tropical Warning Issued for Dominica
The Office of Disaster Management and by extension the Ministry of National Security Immigration and Labour and The National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO), joins with the Dominica MET Services in advising the general public to finalize all preparation for the effects of Tropical Storm Chantal on Dominica.
This advisory comes following the issuing of a tropical storm warning for Dominica which took effect on Monday July 8th.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that, tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area in this case within 24 to 36 hours.
At 5am, the center of tropical storm Chantal was located near latitude 10.4N, longitude 49.5W or about 870 miles east south east of Dominica.
Chantal is moving toward a west North West track near 26 mph. On the forecast track, the center of Chantal should approach the Lesser Antilles late tonight or early Tuesday July 9th.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Tropical storm force winds are expected within the warning area by early Tuesday.
Chantal is expected to produce rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with maximum amounts of 6 inches possible.
Residents of Dominica are being urged to keep an eye on this system and should begin to take all necessary precautionary action and measures in order to militate against the impact of this system on live and property.
The Office of Disaster Management and the MET Office will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and will issue further advisories on the movement of Tropical Storm Chantal.