Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Dominica

A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Dominica as Hurricane Irma nears the Leeward Islands and the northern Windward Islands.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24-36 hours.

The public is advised to continue to monitor the progress of Irma as warnings could be required at any time.

At 5pm, Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.7 degrees north and longitude 54.4 degrees west or about 490 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is now moving west at 13mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130mph making Irma a Category 4 Hurricane. The center of Hurricane Irma is projected to move over or just northeast of the northern Leeward Islands by Tuesday into Wednesday.

Outer bands associated with Hurricane Irma are expected to begin affecting Dominica by tonight. Showers, which could be moderate to heavy at times, thunderstorms, gusty winds up to tropical storm force and dangerous seas are expected to affect Dominica up to Wednesday.

A Small-Craft Warning and a High-Surf Advisory are in effect for dangerous seas and high winds. All users of the sea are advised to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property.

A small-craft Warning means in this case that surface winds greater than or equal to 25knots and seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area.

A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses or is expected to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone.

Expected rainfall amount for Dominica is between 3 to 4 inches (75 to 100mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.

· Mariners and other users of the sea should remain extremely cautious and do not venture far from port. All sea bathers stay out of the water.

· Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as flash flooding and winds gusting to tropical storm force are possible tonight into Wednesday.

The next Bulletin on Hurricane Irma will be issued by the Meteorological Service at 8p.m.
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  1. September 5, 2017

    nothing..And so when this dooms day prophet came calling down catastrophe on the nation even before the scientist, in whom you believe in, could project where the storm was headed because they themselves did not know,it was still to far off.This person was already talking catastrophe..
    And here we are,Dominica is under a tropical storm watch. I know some folks would rather be under nothing but the people should say thank GOD it could have been worse.I would rather be under a tropical storm watch than a hurricane warning, a cat 4 possibly 5 barreling down into the country..
    It was the MESSIAH that told his boys..If they have faith as a grain of mustard seed they could speak to the mountain,,HE did not tell them to pray to it,speak to it,order it to move and go hence and it will be done..
    And now go praise JEHOVAH,,give HIM thanks,,for HIS goodness and mercy endureth forever…

  2. September 5, 2017

    Call it what you want,old grandmother superstition but it’s to bad that you put your trust in man rather than in the MOST HIGH GOD,JEHOVAH,that direct,redirect and undirect any storm.And not only the storms but all things..I call it faith and one does not have to be more holy,less holy or not holy at all. As long as the person puts all that they have faith believing in GOD to take care of a matter it can be done..
    When the MESSIAH walked this earth and many came to HIM with diverse issues for HIM to heal and restored.What was the word that HE most commonly used FAITH..Your faith has made you whole. Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.HE even told someone that,HE had never seen such great faith.
    And whilst many are calling for prayer in such cases faith is whats needed..Prayer has its place and faith has its place as well..
    Without faith it is impossible to please GOD, thus saith the LORD,those are not my words,my words in and of itself means…

  3. Michael
    September 4, 2017

    A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Dominica as Hurricane Irma nears the Leeward Islands and the southern Windward Islands…(*Spotted a typo or mis-editing from the excerpt above)
    -I believe that should read – The Leeward islands & the northern Windward islands…

    Let’s All continue to be vigilant and stay prepared as this dangerous hurricane gets closer.
    Godspeed to us All!

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