TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY JUNE 22ND, 2018

SYNOPSIS: Weak unstable conditions are affecting portions of the Leeward Islands and British Virgin Islands. This will increase the chances for cloudiness and showers today and tonight. Meanwhile, an approaching tropical wave will enhance cloudiness and showers across the Islands over the next twenty-four hours.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent or moderate chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a 60 percent or moderate chance of showers

WINDS: East – southeast at 15-28 km/h or 8-15 knots.

SEAS: Moderate with significant wave height 1.5 metres or 5 feet.

SUNSET TODAY: 6:45 pm SUNRISE TOMORROW : 5:38 am

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 8TH TO 15TH, 2018

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded two volcano-tectonic earthquakes this week.

There have been no measurements of the SO2 flux to report since 30 May.

Pyroclastic flows can occur at any time without warning on any side of the volcano, including Gages from where they can travel rapidly into Plymouth. Tracks across the Belham Valley can be destroyed or heavily modified by flash flooding or lahars, and caution should be exercised crossing the valley during and after rainfall.

The Hazard Level is 1. There is no public access to Zone V, including Plymouth. Maritime Zones E and W are daytime transit only between sunrise and sunset (boats may sail through the zone but must not stop). Anyone who ignores these restrictions is liable to be prosecuted.

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SOURCE: MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO)

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY JUNE 19TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: The sub-tropical high pressure system is the dominant feature across the area and no significant shower activity is anticipated over the next 24hrs.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 30 percent or a low chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent or a low chance of showers.

WINDS: East-southeast with speeds ranging between 19 to 30 km/h or 10 to 16 knots.

SEAS: Moderate with significant wave heights of 0.9 to 1.5 metres or 3 to 5 feet.

SUNSET TODAY: 6:44 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:37 am

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HERE’S THE LOCAL MARINE WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT FROM MONDAY JUNE 18TH, 2018 TO SUNDAY JUNE 24TH, 2018

Monday June 18th, 2018 6AM 6PM.
Seas.. are 3 to 4 3 to 4 feet high.
Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 S E @12 MPH.
Skies.. mainly Cloudy.

Tuesday June 19th, 2018 6AM 6PM.
Seas.. are 3 to 4 3 to 4 feet high.
Winds.. are South-easterly @ 12 SE @12 MPH.
Skies.. mainly cloudy with PM. rain.

Wednesday June 20th, 2018 6AM 6PM.
Seas.. are 3 to 4 3 feet high.
Winds.. are South-easterly @ 12 SE @12 MPH.
Skies.. Partly Cloudy.

Thursday June 21st, 2018 6AM 6PM
Seas.. are 3′ 3 to 4 feet high.
Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 E @12 MPH.
Skies.. Cloudy.

Friday June 22nd, 2018 6AM 6PM.
Seas.. are 4 ‘ 3 to 4 feet high.
Winds.. are South-easterly @ 12 to 16 SE @12 to 16 MPH.
Skies.. Cloudy with day time rain squalls.

Saturday June 23rd, 2018 6AM 6PM.
Seas.. are 3′ 3 feet high.
Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 ESE @12 MPH.
Skies.. Partly cloudy in AM Sunny in PM.

Sunday June 24th, 2018 6AM 6PM.
Seas.. are 4 to 5’ 4 to 5 feet high.
Winds.. are Easterly @ 15 to 20 E @ 15 MPH to 20 MPH
Skies.. Cloudy.

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY JUNE 15TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A very dry, stable and hazy airmass lacking in moisture will continue to restrict shower activity across the area today and tonight.

WEATHER TODAY: Mainly fair to partly cloudy with hazy sunshine.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Mostly fair and hazy conditions.

WINDS: East northeast to east at 19 to 30 km/h or 10 to 16 knots..

SEAS: Moderate, with significant wave heights 1.2 to 1.5 metres or 4 to 5 feet..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:43 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:37 am.

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY JUNE 14TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A dry and stable air mass will continue to be supported by a surface high pressure. The surface high pressure coupled with Saharan dust will continue to inhibit cloud growth and shower activities across the islands. The high will also generate a moderate to fresh wind flow that will result in choppy seas across the region.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy and hazy.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and hazy.

WINDS: East 22 to 33 km/h or 12-18 knots and could reach up to 22 knots or 41 km/h over coastal waters..

SEAS: Moderate wave heights 1.5 to 2.1 metres or 5 to 7 feet. A small craft advisory remains in effect for strong and gusty winds and choppy seas…

SUNSET TODAY: 6:43 pm SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:36 am

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY JUNE 8TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A dry and stable atmosphere coupled with Sahara dust will continue to suppress shower activities across the area.

WEATHER TODAY: Mainly partly cloudy and hazy.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy and hazy with a 10 percent or slight chance of showers.

WINDS: East to east-southeast 19 to 28 km/h or 10-15 knots..

SEAS: Slight to moderate waves heights 1.2 to 1.5 metres or 4 to 5 feet..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:41 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:36 am.

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY JUNE 6TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: An airmass low on moisture and instability will continue to restrict significant shower activity across the region this morning. However, a weak tropical wave moving into the area with some moisture and instability later today and tonight will heighten the chance of showers.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 30 percent or low chance of showers during the morning and; cloudy this afternoon with a 50 percent or a moderate chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent or high chance of showers.

WINDS: East-southeast at 15 to 28 km/h or 08 to 15 knots..

SEAS: Moderate, significant wave heights 1.5 meters or 5 feet..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:40 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:36 am.

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2018 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON MESSAGE FROM MAJOR ALVIN RYAN INTERIM-DIRECTOR OF DMCA MONTSERRAT

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Residents and visitors…

“Are You Prepared?” As we approach another Hurricane Season in Montserrat, the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) takes this opportunity to once again urge everyone to put in place the necessary preparations to reduce the impact of hurricanes.

At this time you should be reviewing the location of your nearest shelter and how you will get there. Testing and discussing your hurricane emergency plans with your family and employees. Engage your family in the preparation of an emergency kit. Make sure that your children are a part of this exercise as it will provide an opportunity for them to learn useful lessons in emergency preparedness. If you are uncertain of the contents of the kit, please contact the DMCA at 491-7166.

The Hurricane Season spans the period June 1 to November 30 and over that period and particularly when Montserrat is threatened, the DMCA will issue bulletins to keep residents and visitors informed of any potential dangers and response measures. Please treat these bulletins with utmost seriousness because they are intended to provide you with information on which you can make decisions regarding the safety of lives and livelihoods.

In DMCA’s ongoing efforts to enhance the resiliency capacity of Montserrat, the agency maintains a constant state of preparedness for all hazards, but at this time the state of our preparedness for hurricanes goes into high gear.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the 2018 hurricane season is shaping up to be “near- or above-normal” — though not to the degree seen last year (2017), when 17 named storms formed and three major hurricanes struck the Caribbean and the US . NOAA, is predicting ten (10) to 16 named storms — including five to nine hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes with Category 3 strength or higher.

The season has already started with Sub-tropical Storm Alberto, the first named tropical weather system of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season which formed last week and has made landfall in Florida… Let us remember the lessons learnt last Hurricane Season.

The Governor’s Office and the Office of the Deputy Governor have continued their commitment in fulfilling the obligations of the National Disaster Management Act which includes regular meetings of the NDPRAC, chaired by His Excellency, Governor Andrew Pearce along with the Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo, the Deputy Governor, Lyndell Simpson, other Government Ministers and key officials to monitor the levels of preparedness of all key stakeholders and critical initiatives.

The DMCA wishes to re-emphasize some basic safety tips. If you believe your home is not suitable to stay in during a hurricane, please seek shelter elsewhere, test your emergency plans and keep informed. Rest assured the DMCA will continue to execute its mandate and communicate pertinent and accurate information throughout the season on all media platforms, including social media. Let us remember that lives and property are saved through awareness and preparedness.

Plan and take action… Always Prepare For The Unexpected.

Thank You.

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2018 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON MESSAGE FROM THE HONOURABLE DONALDSON ROMEO PREMIER MONTSERRAT

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My fellow Montserratians, residents and visitors.

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season has now officially started and it is important that each and every one of us take all the necessary steps to prepare for any potential impact.

As we all know, tropical storms and hurricanes pose an annual threat to Montserrat and other Caribbean islands from June 1 until November 30, so we must plan and take preparatory action, and always be prepared for the unexpected.

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in their latest outlook, have predicted a 75% chance that this season will be near or above normal. These predictions are often revised throughout the season as atmospheric and sea conditions change. However, regardless of what the predictions say, the most important thing for all of us, is preparedness, because it only takes one hurricane to make landfall and cause widespread damage in our region.

We can simply reflect on the scale of damage caused in the region last year; it took only one hurricane, Hurricane Irma to devastate the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Maarten and the U.S Virgin Islands. This was followed in close succession by Hurricane Maria; with one impact, Maria devastated Dominica, Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean.

We remain thankful that Montserrat was spared direct impact during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which many refer to as the most catastrophic in recent history. We will continue to pray that Montserrat and the region is spared this year, but at the same time, we have to put our plans in place for any eventuality.

Hurricane preparedness programmes, tips and advice from the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) are being disseminated on various communication platforms, to include radio, online and print. So I encourage you to listen closely to the messages, and make a note of what you need to do to improve your state of readiness in your homes, businesses and communities.

I also wish to take this time to remind you that the Government of Montserrat has implemented a ‘Disaster Preparedness Exemption Order’ also known as the ‘Hurricane Risk Reduction Resilience Promotional Drive’ which provides exemptions from Customs Duties and Consumption Tax on the importation of a number of items classified as being essential for hurricane preparedness. These include generators, purpose built hurricane shutters, chain saws and wood chippers. This programme ends on December 31, 2018 so I encourage you to apply to the Ministry of Finance for approval so that you can have essential hurricane preparedness tools.

While we activate our own preparedness plans, let us also remember to look out for those in our communities who may need our help this season, especially the vulnerable, elderly and single mothers. Whenever you can, please offer support in helping them to prepare.

May God continue to watch over us this hurricane season.

Thank you!

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