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There is localised flooding in Owia and Fancy (pictured)
There is localised flooding in Owia and Fancy (pictured)

Six persons sought shelter in emergency shelters overnight Thursday as Tropical Storm Harvey began affecting St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which remained under a storm warning mid-morning Friday.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said at Friday morning that all emergency shelters remain activated.

There are also reports of localised flooding in Fancy and Owia, but there are no reports of damage so far.

All rivers and dry guts north of Rabacca are swollen.

The centre of Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to pass near or over St. Vincent around midday today (Friday).

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NEMO is urging everyone to remain indoors until the all clear is given.

Residents and motorist in flood prone areas, areas prone to land-slippage, near rivers and streams should be on the alert and take all necessary precautions.

A small craft warning is in effect for rough seas and high winds.

At 8 a.m. Friday, the centre of the system was located near 13.0°N, 60.3°W or about 60 miles (95 km) east of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The system is moving westward at 18 mph (30 km/h) and on this track, the centre is expected to pass near or over St. Vincent this afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds will remain near 40 mph (65km/h) with higher gusts. Minimum central pressure is currently 1005mb.

Pockets of moderate to heavy showers periods of rain, and thunderstorms have been moving across St. Vincent and the Grenadines and will continue to do so for the next several hours. Further rainfall accumulations of 3 to 4 inches (75 to 100 millimetres) are still possible. In addition, seas will continue to be rough in open waters with swells of up to 3 meters (10ft).

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Office will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Harvey.

The Ministry of Health on Friday asked all staff to be on standby for call out and or for redeployment.

Health centres will remain closed today and areas with resident nurses will manage resultant emergencies.

Staff who require assistance with transportation are asked to inform their supervisor so that arrangements can be put in place.

The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital will continue to be the last referral point and emergencies will continue to be managed throughout the passage of the storm.

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