Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has issued a warning to Dominicans as more bad weather, associated with two systems, is forecast for the island in the upcoming days.
Addressing the nation on Monday night, he said that after consulting with local meteorologists and with the support of external forecasters, he has decided to sensitize Dominicans of the “clear and present dangers” posed by more torrential rainfall.
“I wish to take this opportunity to issue a word of warning to residents of this country,” he said. “Now is not the time for daredevil maneuvers. We have been given adequate warning of the likelihood of torrential showers and flash flooding and we must all take heed.”
According to weather officials Dominica will be affected by the two systems in the upcoming days.
A tropical wave is expected to produce rain across the island on Wednesday, while a weakened Tropical Storm Grace, which formed in the Atlantic on the weekend, will be producing more torrential rain by Friday.
“Regardless of this weakening, and this is what I want you to listen very carefully my dear people, the current projection is for an increase in shower and thunderstorm activity which could be heavy at times across Dominica on Friday with a possibility of flash flooding,” the Prime Minister warned.
He noted that the island’s woes could begin as early as Wednesday with the approach of the tropical wave.
He said projections indicate the wave could produce rainfall amounting to between 15 millimeters to 20 millimeters across Dominica.
“That is slightly less than an inch of rain,” Skerrit said. “Under normal circumstances, an inch of rain on Wednesday would be a windfall to farmers and sea craft users but on this occasion it spells trouble for residents of several communities across Dominica. The earth is saturated and will not easily absorb an inch of rain.”
He added, “So it is not only that there is the weakened Tropical Storm Grace that we have to pay attention to but also our troubles could begin as early as Wednesday.”
He also said structural engineers are warning of the grave and present dangers posed by additional torrential rainfall in Dominica at this time.
“I know it will be difficult and I know it will uncomfortable for many but we are all one people and we have got to batten down and see this period of trial and adversity through,” the Prime Minister noted. “If you know you live in areas that are susceptible to flooding or you are in the path of busted river banks and water crossings, I am urging you from now to consider a shelter or bunk-in with a relative or friend elsewhere during the upcoming days of anticipated bad weather. It is better to be safe than sorry.”