Prime Minister Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that the public sector will be shut down for operations effective immediately, while advising the Private sector to do the same.
Delivering an address to the nation this afternoon, Honorable Skerrit said, “it is projected that the rain will continue up until about 4:00 pm this afternoon and taking into consideration the vulnerabilities of some parts of the country and the possibilities of some ravines and rivers overflowing the banks, the Cabinet has felt that it would be appropriate to have public servants find their way home immediately. Also, we are urging the private sector to do the same,” he stated.
The Prime Minister assures, “We have taken this decision recognizing that we do not believe that there is any major threat to the country but for us the safety of our citizens are always paramount…. so this is just a precautionary action which the Cabinet has taken moments ago.”
All were advised to drive home safely and to “monitor the information provided by the Office of Disaster Management.”
According to the 11:00 A.M update from the Office of Disaster Management, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located by data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft and the Martinique radar near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 61.8
West. Dorian is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will move across the eastern and northeastern Caribbean Sea during the next few days, passing near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, move near or over eastern Hispaniola Wednesday night, and move north of Hispaniola on Thursday.
On Thursday night and Friday, the center of Dorian is forecast to move near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola.
Dominica remains under Tropical Storm watch, until possibly later this afternoon.