11 am position and possible track of Maria. Graphic by WeatherUnderground

Residents of Layou or persons traveling through the Layou area are being asked asked to take extreme precaution and pay attention for evacuation orders as Tropical Storm Maria gets closer to Dominica.

This was one of several recommendations made by government this morning during a special meeting with disaster officials, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said today.

Dominica is presently under tropical storm warning. This means tropical storm conditions are expected on the island within 12 to 24 hours.

The public should also take into consideration the following:

-All schools should close by 1:00 pm
-Fishermen should secure their boats and other fishing equipments
-Farmers should secure their holdings and take necessary steps to protect livestock
-Employers in the private and public sectors should consider sending employees in flood prone areas home
-Residents in flood prone areas should pay particular attention.

The community of Layou gained national attention when the Mattieu Dam collapsed earlier this year flooding the Layou Valley. Evacuation orders, if the need arises, will be given through the media.