NEMA Urges Residents To Monitor Tropical Storm Issac

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Issac Expected To Pass South of The Federation

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 22, 2012 (SKNIS)

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has urged residents in St. Kitts and Nevis to secure property and avoid parking in waterways as the island braces for the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Information from the Meteorological Office at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport revealed that as of 11 a.m. today (August 22, 2012) Tropical Storm Isaac was located at latitude 15.9 degrees north and longitude 59.3 degrees west, which is approximately 220 miles south east of St. Kitts and Nevis. Winds were sustained at 45 miles per hour (mph) with gusts up to 60 mph. The tropical storm was moving West at 21 mph.

In a radio broadcast, National Disaster Coordinator, Carl Herbert, informed residents that weather conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day with stronger effects being experienced at approximately 6:00 p.m., lasting throughout the night and early morning. The centre of the storm is likely to pass within 50 to 60 miles to the south of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“We are asking residents please to be very vigilant,” he emphasized. “We are also asking you not to be on the road when the storm is passing and to ensure that your children are safe and secure. We are asking you to store some water in the event that the water system gets silted and we are asking you to please continue to monitor the system … in the event that there are any changes – you can be aware and we will provide the necessary guidance.”

Mr. Herbert implored persons to “take the storm seriously and remain indoors during its passage.”

The next full update on the storm is expected to be issued at 5:00 p.m.

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