Severe weather alert for Dominica

The system could develop later today
The system could develop later today

Dominicans are asked to closely monitor the progress of a system located 600 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands which could develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm later today.

Watches or warnings could be required at any time.

Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with the broad area of low pressure continue to show signs of organization and a tropical cyclone could be forming.

If this trend continues, a tropical depression or a tropical storm would likely form later today while the system moves west-northwestward to westward at about 20 mph.

The system is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains, scattered thunderstorms and strong gusty winds, possibly to tropical storm force across Dominica beginning tonight and continuing into Thursday. Current rainfall projection is between 3 to 6 inches (75 – 150mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas. Dangerous seas are also expected with waves near 14 feet.

• Both inland and coastal flooding are, therefore, possible.

• Mariners and other users of the sea are advised to be extremely cautious and to remain in port.

• Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise caution as flash flooding and strong winds are possible.

Persons in vulnerable areas should plan ahead and take all precautionary measures to protect life and property particularly from tonight into Thursday.

The Dominica Meteorological Service will continue to provide updates on the progress of this system.

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