A tropical storm warning has been issued for Dominica from 3pm today in advance of the probable impact of Potential Cyclone Number 9.
This means that storm conditions are expected in less than 36 hours.
Potential Cyclone Number Nine is so named since it has not yet developed into a tropical storm. The exact track and intensity of the system is also uncertain.
Forecasters are certain however that it has a high potential to do so.
The system, 460 miles wide, is moving east towards the leeward islands at 20 miles per hour could bring 40 mile per hour sustained winds and copious amounts of rain.
As of 2pm today, it was 440 miles away from the islands.
The Hon Prime Minister and Chair of the National Emergency Planning Organisation, Roosevelt Skerrit issued the advisory shortly before 3pm today.
Heavy equipment has been deployed to various parts of the to make cleanup efficient if necessary and river dredging is ongoing in some areas
The National Shelter Manager, Glenroy Toussaint advises local residents to pay close attention to news bulletins and if emergency shelters are activated, to head to their shelters within an hour.