UPDATE: Tropical storm warning for Dominica; residents urged to be prepared


Location of Ernesto late on Thursday afternoon

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Dominica and residents have been urged to make all necessary preparations as the island braces for the passage of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

“Dominicans need to be on the alert and take all the necessary precautionary measures to save life and property,” Senior Met Officer Fitzroy Pascal said on state-owned DBS Radio.

His views were further echoed by acting Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Don Corriette who warns of possible “flash flooding and falling rocks.”

“We know the terrain in Dominica and we are asking people to remain vigilant for possible flash flooding and rock falling… continue to exercise extreme caution,” Corriette asserted.

Water company, Dominica Water and Sewage Co (DOWASCO), has called on residents to ensure they have sufficient drinking water in store. PRO Edward Registe said the company is “ready and prepared for anything.”

At 5 pm, Tropical Storm Ernesto was located about 295 miles east of the Windward Islands.

According to the Met Office Ernesto is moving towards the west near 22 mph with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph with higher gusts.

Some slight strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

On the forecast track, this system is expected to begin affecting the area by late tonight or early Friday.

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  1. Freethinker
    August 2, 2012

    So, like, how comes when people pray for storms not to hit, they still hit? You think people in the islands the storm WILL hit aren’t praying? What, you just have to throw up some more holy water? And what about those uninhabited islands that get hit? Should we station a priest there (perhaps with some children) to protect it?

    Do you religious fanatics ever think about what you do rationally? Ever? A storm is just a natural disaster. We get them EVERY YEAR. At the same damn time. And yet you STILL see each one as a sign. SMH. Just prepare yourselves as best you can and leave it at that. Shesh, d/cans.

  2. Juliette Cuffy
    August 2, 2012

    My prayers for Gods safety goes out to each and ev eryone in Dominica. Be on the alert and have hope that all will be well.

  3. awa wi
    August 2, 2012

    i hope gerry give man our day off God gave us…dem man like to have people showing up to work then have to go rushing for bus to get back home to our family while their family at home giving orders on a glass of whiskey

  4. dominicanoversee
    August 2, 2012

    Hope all goes well,stay safe indoors….

  5. rude boy
    August 2, 2012

    be safe dominicans god is in control no storm passing u all way

  6. Spicy
    August 2, 2012

    Passing Dominica Straight like an exam

  7. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012


  8. stranger
    August 2, 2012

    DNO can u find out exactly what time or expected time the storm is supposed to affect Dominica

    • budman
      August 3, 2012

      same way you have access to DNO you can access the meteorological websites.

  9. hmmmmmmmm
    August 2, 2012

    ok so no work tomorrow right!!!!!!!!! :-D

  10. missbossy
    August 2, 2012

    Lord help us

  11. Dominicanpearl2
    August 2, 2012

    I’m not on the island, but I’m prayng for my relatives and all Dominicans. Be prepared, and keep safe. Looters, stay away from other people’s property. God protect you all.

  12. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012

    may god bless donimica- :-P :-P

  13. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012

    Papa met

  14. "jj senior"
    August 2, 2012

    God guide us accordingly..

  15. Laba Pawa Time
    August 2, 2012

    I wish to urge all civic minded Dominicans to ensure that they are prepared for the passage of Tropical Storm Ernesto. Ensure that you have a personal or familyt disaster. ensure you have emergency supplies including medicines. ensure all animals are well protected. ensure that you do last minute checks on your roof, windows, doors ar secure, and in the aftermath, please volunteer to assist with the clean up remember it is our country… reds, greens, blues, yellows… all political parties, all religions, everybody… I pray we are spared the fury of the storm, but, reality is reality, so PLEASE BE PREPARED!!! :wink:

  16. Georgette Hajjar
    August 2, 2012

    God Bless the country & the people …

  17. August 2, 2012



    god help us

    • Bayside
      August 2, 2012

      God help us?? when bad weather coming, all u saying God help us!!

  18. Anonymous
    August 2, 2012

    :cry: we will be safe

  19. ernesto.............
    August 2, 2012

    :-x lets pray that the storm don’t cause damage to this already crippled economy….

    1 haily Mary……2 our father

    • Freethinker
      August 2, 2012

      …and nothing happens. Ah, the power of prayer.

  20. nature Girl
    August 2, 2012

    We don’t think this will be too bad as the winds are not that high! Yes, there could be plenty of rain and gusts of wind. The storm is not well organized and will not become a hurricane at the moment. The system will hit in the south St. Vincent, St. Lucia more than the West and it will be the after winds that will affect us more! We need to watch the system that is coming behind. It is always good to be prepared and stay safe. Don’t go out if it is not necessary!

  21. alert one
    August 2, 2012

    This is no longer depression #5 its now tropical storm ERNESTO !! :-x

    August 2, 2012

    Woye rum and redbull yes yes

  23. sousay
    August 2, 2012

    really overated,once is from this guys here u hear dat, is just a talk, stupes,stupes

    • tactical
      August 3, 2012

      you should open up your own weather advisory station. Dominica has to many chiefs and not enough indians.

    August 2, 2012


  25. JosephFamily
    August 2, 2012

    I hope everyone will be safe and well.

  26. MM
    August 2, 2012


  27. Concerned
    August 2, 2012

    Father all is in your hands. You know better

    • الجهاد
      August 2, 2012

      In whose hands? Is it Jesus or God’s hands now? :-D

      Is Jesus the father? :-D

    • Freethinker
      August 2, 2012

      Yeah, like flooding the entire Earth. Dude REALLY knows better.

  28. i miss my baby
    August 2, 2012

    Alas i am so afarid, i ned to buy some crix to keep me up

    • ernesto.............
      August 2, 2012

      in times like dat is god u need not your baby pway-tay…….

  29. lisa
    August 2, 2012

    stay safe dominicans…..Gods guidance and protection over u all

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