PUBLIC NOTICE: NOVEMBER 30, 2016

MONTSERRAT’S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW THURSDAY DECEMBER 1ST, 2016 AT 8AM

GENERAL SITUATION: An atmosphere consist of little moisture will continue to restrict shower activity across the Northeast Caribbean for most of the day. However, later this afternoon and tonight some moisture moving into the area will increase the chance of showers over the islands.

WEATHER:

TODAY: Partly sunny with the chance of an isolated shower during the morning. Later in the afternoon there is a good chance of some locally cloudy spells and localized showers.

TONIGHT: Cloudy with a good chance of scattered showers.

WINDS: SE-SSE at 05-10kts/(9-19 km/h) today then becoming light and variable or calm tonight..

SEAS: Slight to moderate waves/swells 1.2-1.8m or 4-6ft.. Continue reading

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PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM: DMCA’S SENIOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO THE NATIONAL OIL SPILL PLAN

The first draft of the National Oil Spill Management Plan for Montserrat is nearing completion.

Astrid Wade, Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the DMCA , is collaborating with Delta Petroleum Regional Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager Ryan Als on the development of the National Oil Spill management plan.

Mr Wade says the plan will cover preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation and the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders among others.

In this week’s edition of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency’s (DMCA) radio programme – “PREPARE AND PREVENT”, we’ll take an in depth look into the plan and oil related issues.

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Oil Spill – Astrid Wade

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PUBLIC NOTICE: NOVEMBER 29, 2016

MONTSERRAT’S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 30TH, 2016 AT 8AM

GENERAL SITUATION: Showers and thunderstorms associated with a deep layered low pressure system have now shifted south of area hence leaving an atmosphere reduced in moisture and instability. Only some brief and localized showers are possible from some shallow moisture and instability remaining in the atmosphere.

WEATHER:

TODAY: Partly sunny to cloudy with the chance of some brief and localized showers.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to cloudy with the chance of some more brief and localized showers. Continue reading

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PUBLIC NOTICE: NOVEMBER 29, 2016

DMCA CAUTIONS RESIDENTS AGAINST CROSSING THE BELHAM VALLEY RIVER AND OTHER LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is urging residents in Isles Bay Hill and persons entering Zone C to be cautious when crossing the Belham River Valley due to the possibility of mudflows or lahars at any time.

This as the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services has issued a flash flood advisory for minor flooding in low lying and flood prone areas for Montserrat until 8:00 o’clock tonight.

Whenever, there’s heavy rainfall, it is likely to generate lahars or mudflows, which may cut off access to areas south of the Belham River.

Residents and motorists in or using flood prone areas should also exercise additional caution in these conditions.

Residents south of Belham are reminded to have sufficient stock of food, medications and other supplies in the event access to these areas is disrupted and there’s a delay in restoring access.

Please be mindful that the emergency services may not be able to respond immediately after, or at your request.

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NEWS ITEM: FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MINOR FLOODING IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS OF MONTSERRAT

THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS OF ANTIGUA, BARBUDA, MONTSERRAT, ST. KITTS, NEVIS, ANGUILLA AND THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VALID UNTIL 8 PM TODAY.

A FLOOD ADVISORY MEANS THAT STREAMS, CREEKS AND DRAINS MAY BE ELEVATED OR EVEN OVERFLOWING INTO STREETS, LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS; HOWEVER, PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL BE MINIMAL.

INCONVENIENCES CAN BE EXPECTED, BUT, THE FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE IMMEDIATELY LIFE THREATENING.

HOWEVER, JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS, AND IF IN DOUBT, MAKE THE SMART CHOICE, TURN AROUND DONT DROWN MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION AS A FLOOD WATCH OR WARNING MAY BECOME NECESSARY. Continue reading

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PUBLIC NOTICE: NOVEMBER 28, 2016

MONTSERRAT’S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29TH, 2016 AT 8AM

GENERAL SITUATION: AN INTENSE TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA TODAY AND IS LIKELY TO BRING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE ISLANDS FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT. SOME OF THE SHOWERS COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES AND MAY REQUIRE FLASH FLOOD WATCHES OR WARNINGS LATER TODAY.

WEATHER: TODAY: PARTLY CLOUDY BECOMING INCREASINGLY CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. SOME OF THE SHOWERS COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES AND COULD CAUSE FLASH FLOODING, ESPECIALLY IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS.

TONIGHT: CLOUDY TO OVERCAST WITH SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE FEW ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.

SPECIAL WARNING: SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS AND SEA BATHERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION. Continue reading

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PUBLIC NOTICE: NOVEMBER 25, 2016

MONTSERRAT’S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26TH 2016 AT 8AM

GENERAL SITUATION: A broad high-pressure ridge is the dominant feature and this will result in a moderate wind flow pursuing shallow clouds over the Leewards and BVI today and tonight

WEATHER: Today: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of brief passing showers.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of brief passing showers.

SPECIAL WARNING: A small craft advisory remains in effect.

WINDS: East-northeast at 7-15kts or 13-28km/h. Continue reading

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PUBLIC NOTICE: NOVEMBER 24, 2016

MONTSERRAT’S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 2016 AT 8AM

GENERAL SITUATION: Strong ridge of high pressure will keep the atmosphere mostly stable over the Northeast Caribbean. However, on occasions, the prevailing brisk winds driving some low level cloud patches across the area could result in some brief passing showers.

WEATHER:

TONIGHT: Partly sunny to locally cloudy with the chance of some brief passing showers.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to locally cloudy with the chance of some more brief passing showers.

SPECIAL WARNING: A small craft warning is now in effect and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution..

WINDS: ENE at 12-18kts/(22-33 km/h) over land and peaking to near 20kts/(37 km/h) over coastal waters.

SEAS: Moderate to locally rough waves 1.5-2.1m or 5-7ft. Continue reading

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PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM: MONTSERRAT IS TO HAVE A NATIONAL OIL SPILL MANAGEMENT PLAN

The first draft of Montserrat’s National Oil Spill management plan is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

To this end, the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is collaborating with Delta Petroleum on the development of the plan.

In this edition of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency’s (DMCA) radio programme – “PREPARE AND PREVENT”,  Delta Petroleum Regional Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager Ryan Als who is assisting the DMCA with the development of this plan, spoke on the programme.

Mr Als says Delta’s vision is to have a coordinated effort to deal with any potential hazards associated with oil products.

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Oil Spill – Ryan Als

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PUBLIC NOTICE: NOVEMBER 23, 2016

MONTSERRAT’S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 2016 AT 8AM

GENERAL SITUATION:  Some shallow moisture and weak instability in the atmosphere over the Leeward Islands will heighten the chance of showers but brief passing showers across the islands.

WEATHER:

TODAY: Partly sunny to cloudy with a good chance of some brief and widely scattered showers.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to cloudy with the chance of some more brief and widely scattered showers.

WINDS:  ENE at 10-16kts/(19-30 km/h) over land and increasing to near 18kts/(33 km/h) over coastal waters.

SPECIAL WARNING: Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution in the coastal waters east and north of the Leeward Islands.

SEAS:  Moderate to locally rough waves/swells 1.5-1.8m or 5-6ft. Continue reading

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