ODM advises residents to prepare for Hurricane Maria

The location of Hurricane Maria at 11:00 am on Sunday

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is advising the Dominican public to finalise preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Maria.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Dominica as of 11 am today, Sunday.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

Tropical Storm Maria is likely to become a hurricane later today and could become a major hurricane in 2 to 3 days.

At 11 am, the centre of Tropical Storm Maria was located near 13.5 North and 56.2 West or about 370 miles east-southeast of Dominica.

A calculation puts the centre of the system just north of Dominica in 36 hours; that is Monday night.

According to a statement from the ODM, ‘Maria’ is expected to strengthen and affect portions of the Lesser Antilles as a hurricane early this week bringing dangerous wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards.

Residents are therefore advised to finalise preparations for the arrival of ‘Maria’ and a Hurricane WARNING has been issued for Dominica as of 11am today, Sunday.

Fishermen must immediately begin to secure all gears and not to venture out since high seas are expected. Small craft operators must remain in port.

Shelter Managers are advised to secure keys to shelters and be prepared to open those shelters if asked to do so by the Office of Disaster Management.

All Sub-Committees of NEPO should have plans in place in the event of a response to ‘Maria’.

Persons living in low-lying areas or close to rivers, ravines and other water-ways should be on alert and move to safer areas if need be. Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks should be vigilant and exercise extreme caution if they must move around. Also, persons in coastal villages should be mindful of storm surges as life-threatening sea activity is expected as ‘Maria’ continues to move across the area.

The ODM together with the local MET Service will continue to keep the public updated.


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  1. Patricia Kloosterman
    September 18, 2017

    Our prayers are with you , (G0D Bless ) from Canada !

    • Patricia Kloosterman
      September 18, 2017

      I wished the same for the last storm but I am sending more prayer your way again for Maria !

    September 18, 2017

    Hell lo prime mistake, CBI monies can’t help you! The selling of birthrights is a curse and detrimental to one!!!

  3. Ave Maria
    September 17, 2017

    Maybe it’s time for Bishop Gabriel Malzaire to lead us in the Ave Maria song. After all, we got an expensive roof from Skerro so it’s time pray for our protection. Here are the lyrics bishop so just lead us into the song and tell us what in the world it means: Ave Maria
    Gratia plena
    Maria, gratia plena
    Maria, gratia plena

    Ave, ave dominus
    Dominus tecum
    Benedicta tu in mulieribus
    Et benedictus
    Benedictus fructus, fructus ventris
    Ventris tui, Jesus

  4. FBI NOT investigating ME
    September 17, 2017

    As soon as we were spared from Irma, instead of Skerrit, Byrns and those evil attorneys say its time to forget about their sins of the past and call on the nation to unite, they saw it as a time to go after Linton and to ensure his dreams die and never come to pass. The one whose eyes run to and fro across the world to punish all those plotting evil against his righteous cause, saw their wickedness just as he saw the wickedness and corruption of those during the flood of Noah. Three days later Dominica is under hurricane warning. I just believe God is speaking to us as a people to remind us that he and only he is in control. So let the workers of iniquity plot their evil but the one who never sleeps will attack them on every angle

  5. Pro Skerrit
    September 17, 2017

    Let’s pray for mercy. Meanwhile Trump will be meeting with word leaders in NY on Monday, Wil PM be attending?

  6. analy thomas
    September 17, 2017

    Praise God for his mighty hands. He gives and takes away for he is God and there is none else like him. Two years ago Erica struck and revived prayer in the lives of many. Two years later, we continue to live forgetful lives….. we are reminded time over time of the love of God, yet we turn away…..
    Two weeks ago, many islands were struck including the mainland, major flooding in India, earthquake in Mexico…..
    If the earth continues at this pace, will international bodies still be able to feed everyone? If not, could there be famine? Will funds still be available for reconstruction for the next 2 years at this rate? With natural phenomenons destroying agricultural industries and water reservoirs…..
    Who knows what is next? Who are we? Why are we here? We work, build and die! Everything that we work for stays behind.
    Where do we go after death? Why is there so much evil on the earth? There must be more to life than just this!
    All answers are in the word of God!

  7. Clueless!
    September 17, 2017

    Is thete no school yomorrow?

  8. Parent
    September 17, 2017

    So there is no school?

    • Me
      September 17, 2017

      Yes, there is school for you alone. And, make sure you are on time or you will get a detention

    • %
      September 17, 2017

      Guess Mr St Jean will inform parents and children early enough,because conditions will continue to deteriorate quickly while students are at school.Some schools are also hurricane shelters…Let’s wait and let’s listen.

    • Malatete
      September 17, 2017

      The weather Channel at 2.16 pm. gave the following forecast for Dominica:
      mon.18 Sept. : heavy rain and Northerly wind @ 26 mph.
      tues. 19 Sept. ” ” ” S. SW. ” @ 73 ”

      Conditions will not abate till Wednesday . still with rain and wind but reduced to 37 mph. Your first responsibility is to yourself and your family and personally I may venture out tomorrow morning, if not too far from home/shelter and definitely not go anywhere on tuesday.

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