Acting Disaster Coordinator, Fitzroy Pascal, has reported that the Emergency Shelter System on the island has been activated in preparation for the effects of Hurricane Irma.

As of 5:00 am Tuesday morning, Dominica was placed under a tropical storm warning as the hurricane moves closer to the Leeward islands.

“Persons should be aware of the shelters nearest to them and move if necessary,” Pascal stated.

He noted that all fishermen should have suspended fishing activities from yesterday and small craft operators should remain in port.

As a general caution, persons living in low-lying areas close to ravines and other waterways should be on the alert and move to safer areas if necessary.

Pascal informed that persons near coastal areas should beware of sea surges as “life threatening sea activity is expected.”

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Dominica instead of a Hurricane Warning because according to Pascal, Dominica is not expected to experience hurricane conditions but is expected to experience Tropical Storm conditions.

See all shelters on the island below.

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