MONTSERRAT IS STILL EXPERIENCING SOME EFFECTS OF TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS; RESIDENTS URGED TO TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS DEPENDING ON THEIR VULNERABILITY

According to the Disaster Managment Coordination, Tropical Storm Isaac has not yet passed and Montserrat is still experiencing some rain and wind gusts. Increased rainfall is expected this afternoon as the storm passes through the islands. The peak of the tropical storm activity is forecast for mid-afternoon today. Hence, residents and visitors are advised to take the necessary precautions depending on their vulnerability.

Business continues as normal on Montserrat at this present time, however, a further update will be given after a review of the 11 am weather advisory as it pertains to the operation of all government offices and schools.

Residents and visitors are advised to stay away from coastal areas across Montserrat because of the potential effects of storm surges.

Residents in Isles Bay Hill and other persons crossing the Belham Valley River are asked to take extra precautions during heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaac, due, to the possibility of lahars occurring with little or no warning in the area.

Motorists are asked to drive with due care and attention and be mindful of areas prone to landslides and rockfalls.

 

 

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NDPRAC URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS DEPENDING ON THEIR VULNERABILITY AHEAD OF TROPICAL STORM ISAAC’S ARRIVAL TO THE LESSER ANTILLES EARLY THURSDAY MORNING

The National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) convened today, Wednesday September 12th, 2018 to assess Montserrat’s preparedness ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles early Thursday morning. According to the Antigua Meteorological Service, Tropical Storm Isaac has weakened and is forecast to pass the Lesser Antilles just over 100 miles to the south of Montserrat, which is therefore expected to be affected by the outer and less intense bands of the storm, producing 1-2 inches of rainfall and with winds of 35-45 mph.

NDPRAC notes that all government offices and schools should plan to operate as normal on Thursday unless advised otherwise. Please monitor ZJB Radio for further updates.

NDPRAC advises residents and visitors to stay away from coastal areas across Montserrat because of the potential effects of storm surges.

Residents in Isles Bay Hill and other persons crossing the Belham Valley River are asked to take extra precautions during heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaac, due, to the possibility of lahars occurring with little or no warning in the area.

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) urges residents and visitors to take the necessary precautions depending on their vulnerability.

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NDPRAC ADVISES RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO SECURE THEIR PROPERTIES, BUSINESSES AND LIVESTOCK AS A TROPICAL STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MONTSERRAT

The National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) met today, Tuesday September 11th, 2018 to review Montserrat’s preparedness for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles late on Wednesday night. The Antigua Meteorological Service has placed Montserrat on a Tropical Storm Watch and expects the island to be affected by tropical storm force winds. In the light of this, the NDPRAC continues to advise that all residents and visitors secure their properties, businesses and livestock in preparation for the impending storm.

NDPRAC notes that there will be no air and sea access to and from Montserrat on Thursday, September 13th, 2018. Air access is expected to resume on Friday September 14th, 2018, weather permitting, whilst ferry operations are expected to resume on Saturday September 15th, 2018.

NDPRAC will decide on the operation and shuttering of all government buildings and schools at its next meeting Wednesday September 12th, 2018 at 8:30 in the morning when the exact course and strength of the storm should be more certain.

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) urges residents and visitors to prepare necessary supplies and secure their homes and businesses at this time.

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NATIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (NDPRAC) MET TO DISCUSS MONTSERRAT’S PREPAREDNESS FOR THE APPROACHING HURRICANE

The National Disaster Preparedness Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) met on Monday, September 10th, 2018 to discuss Montserrat’s preparedness for Hurricane Isaac, which is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles late Wednesday into Thursday morning.

Based on the storm’s current progression, a decision will be made on the operation and shuttering of all government buildings and schools on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018.

Air and sea access to and from Montserrat may be interrupted from Wednesday. Therefore, we would like to advise anyone with travel plans or expecting visitors to please review their itineraries noting the possibility of disruption or suspension of services. Further details will follow after the next meeting of the NDPRAC, scheduled for Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at 11:30 am.

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) urges residents and visitors to review their hurricane plans, continue with their preparations and to monitor official weather reports.

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TROPICAL STORM ISAAC ALERT STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES

…ISAAC REMAINS A STRONG TROPICAL STORM…TROPICAL STORM WATCHES ISSUED FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AND MONTSERRAT AND ST KITTS-NEVIS.

AT 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ISAAC WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 14.6 NORTH, LONGITUDE 49.7 WEST OR ABOUT 695 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND 889 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. ISAAC IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 16 MPH (26 KM/H) AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. ON THE FORECAST TRACK ISAAC IS ANTICIPATED TO MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE CENTRAL LESSER ANTILLES ON THURSDAY AND MOVE INTO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA THURSDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 70 MPH (110 KM/H) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ISAAC IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH WHEN IT MOVES THROUGH THE CENTRAL LESSER ANTILLES, WITH SOME WEAKENING FORECAST AFTERWARD ON FRIDAY.

TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES (165 KM) FROM THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 996 MB (29.42 INCHES).

BASED UPON THE LATEST POSITION AND ANALYSES, TROPICAL STORMS ISAAC REMAINS A STRONG TROPICAL STORM. IT IS PROJECTED TO PASS AROUND AN HUNDRED MILES TO THE SOUTH OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUA AND THE REST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. THIS MEANS THE ZONE OF STRONGEST WINDS SHOULD STAY SOUTH OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS.

RAIN BANDS ASSOCIATED WITH ISSAC COULD HOWEVER MOVE ACROSS THE ISLANDS TO GENERATE CLOUDY SKIES WITH A HIGH CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ON THURSDAY

RAINFALL IN EXCESS OF AN INCH IS POSSIBLE WITH THE PASSAGE OF ISSAC ON THURSDAY AS WELL.

SEAS WILL DETERIORATE WITH THE PASSAGE OF ISAAC AND WARNINGS FOR MARINERS AND SEA BATHERS WILL BE POSTED LATER TODAY.

ALL RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO MONITOR THE MOVEMENT OF ISAAC

REPEATING THE 11 AM ECT POSITION, 14.6 N, 49.7 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 14 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 70 MPH. THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 996 MB. Continue reading

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TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR MONTSERRAT; RESIDENTS SHOULD START PREPARING NECESSARY SUPPLIES AND SECURING THEIR HOMES

 

When a Storm Watch is issued, it means that the hurricane is a threat but there is no certainty that it will hit the island. You must start preparing necessary supplies and securing your home. At this time, you should also:
?Secure your home: Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows.
?Fill your car with petrol and check your battery, water and oil.
?Check your flashlights, candles and lamps (have spare batteries, bulbs and matches).
?Listen to your Radio and TV constantly for weather reports.
?Locate your containers for storing water for drinking and other uses and label them.
?Pack an emergency survival kit; as shown on the previous page.
?Make sure you have an adequate supply of any prescription medication you may be using.
?Organize your family. Ensure everyone knows the plan.
?Secure canned and non-perishable food.
?Make arrangements to have your pets cared for. If you plan to evacuate.
CURRENT LOCATION…14.6N 49.7W
ABOUT 775 MI…1250 KM E OF THE LESSER ANTILLES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 16 MPH…26 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…996 MB…29.42 INCHES

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Isaac as additional watches could be issued this afternoon or evening.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 1100 AM , the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 49.7 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next few days. On the forecast track Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea
Thursday night.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength when it moves through the central Lesser Antilles, with some weakening forecast afterward on Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb (29.42 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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RAINFALL: Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with isolated amounts near 10 inches across the southern Leeward Islands late this week, with 1 to 2 inches anticipated across portions of the Windward Islands.

STORM SURGE: A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels is possible near and to the north of where the center moves through the Lesser Antilles. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

WIND: Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Thursday morning, with tropical storm conditions possible early Thursday in both the hurricane and tropical storm watch areas.

SURF: Swells generated by Isaac will begin to affect portions of the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday afternoon. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Continue reading

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STATEMENT ISSUED BY DISASTER MANAGEMENT COORDINATION AGENCY (DMCA)

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is urging residents and visitors to review their hurricane plans, continue with their hurricane preparations and remain vigilant as Hurricane Issac approaches the Lesser Islands this week.

The DMCA says at this moment, they are not expecting that Montserrat would be affected by any hurricane force winds, but, tropical storm winds. However, as the storm progresses, things can change at a moment’s notice.

Therefore, residents and visitors are asked to monitor the progress of Hurricane Issac and not be complacent with their hurricane preparations at this time.

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HURRICANE ISAAC ALERT STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES

THIS IS FOR THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

…ISAAC SHOWING LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH AT THIS TIME…

AT 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISAAC WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 14.7 NORTH, LONGITUDE 43.9 WEST OR 1190 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE LEEWARDS

1380 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE BVI

ISAAC IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 14 MPH (22 KM/H). A WESTWARD MOTION WITH A SLIGHT INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, ISAAC SHOULD MOVE ACROSS THE LESSER ANTILLES AND INTO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA ON THURSDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 75 MPH (120 KM/H) WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. WEAKENING IS FORECAST TO BEGIN BY THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK AS ISAAC APPROACHES THE LESSER ANTILLES.

ISAAC IS A RELATIVELY SMALL CYCLONE WITH HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS EXTENDING OUTWARD UP TO 10 MILES (20 KM) FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES (75 KM).

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB (29.33 INCHES).

BASED ON THE LATEST FORECAST INFORMATION, ISAAC REMAINS ON A PATH TOWARDS THE LESSER ANTILLES AND IS FORECAST TO BE IN THE VICINITY OF THESE ISLANDS ON THURSDAY; HOWEVER THERE REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY ON WHICH OF THE ISLANDS WILL BE AFFECTED THE GREATEST; AS A RESULT, RESIDENTS OF THE LEEWARDS ARE ADVISED TO GUARD AGAINST COMPLACENCY AND TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO FUTURE ADVISORIES ISSUED BY THE MET OFFICE AS THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT A PATH CLOSER TO THE LEEWARDS COULD ALSO TAKE PLACE. Continue reading

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11 AM UPDATE ON HURRICANE ISSAC

According to the Antigua Meteorological Services, the system is forecast to pass through the Eastern Caribbean Island on Thursday with at most Category 1 hurricane winds. Storm winds are now likely for Dominica and Guadeloupe and possible for the rest of the northern Windward Islands and the southern Leeward Islands. including Montserrat and Antigua and Barbuda. Hurricane winds remain unlikely for all the islands, at this time, due to the forecast weakening of Isaac.

Current Location: 14.7N 43.9W
ABOUT 1150 MI…1855 KM E OF THE WINDWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…993 MB…29.33 INCHES

At 1100 AM A, the center of Hurricane Isaac was located
near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 43.9 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected through the end of the week. On the forecast track, Isaac should move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two. Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week as Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 993 mb (29.33 inches). Continue reading

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DMCA IS URGING RESIDENTS AND VISITORS THIS MORNING TO REVIEW THEIR HURRICANE PLANS AND CONTINUE WITH THEIR HURRICANE PREPARATIONS

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is appealing to residents and visitors on Montserrat to continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Issac, review their hurricane plans and continue with their hurricane preparations at this time.

The DMCA will continue to monitor Hurricane Issac and provide updates accordingly.

According to the Antigua Meteorological Services, Issac continues to move toward the Caribbean. The system is projected to pass through the Eastern Caribbean on Thursday, at which time, storm winds are possible for Antigua and & most of the Leeward Islands which include Montserrat and North Windward Islands. Meanwhile, hurricane winds remain unlikely, as Issac is likely to weaken.

Current location: 14.7N 42.7W
ABOUT 1230 MI…1985 KM E OF THE WINDWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…993 MB…29.33 INCHES

At 500 AM , the center of Hurricane Isaac was located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 42.7 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h). A westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is forecast through the end of the week. On the forecast track, Isaac is forecast to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two. Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week as Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles.

Isaac is a small hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 993 mb (29.33 inches). Continue reading

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