A tropical storm watch for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) came into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The SVG Meteorological Services stated the watch is in effect for SVG for potential Tropical Cyclone Five as the broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave, has the potential to become a tropical cyclone (tropical storm) during the next few days.
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are possible across SVG within 48 hours.
At 5 p.m., the center of the disturbance was located near latitude 9.6 degrees north; longitude 43.7 degrees west, or approximately 1,195 miles (1,920 kilometres) east of the southern Windward Islands. The system is moving towards the west-northwestward near 21 mph (33 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts.
Environmental conditions appear generally favourable, and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm tonight or Thursday. On its present forecast track, the centre of the system is predicted to pass near or over portions of the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands on Friday.
Showers, thunderstorms, strong gusty winds along with rough seas are likely to accompany this system.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) is urging all residents to:
Ensure that all over hanging trees and branches are cut or trimmed and ensure that all outdoor furniture are secured.
Clean or clear all drains around your property, ensure that roofs are securely fasten and have materials on hand to secure glass windows and doors.
Stock up on food that would not spoil easily and store clean drinking water to last at least three days.
Make arrangements to stay with friends and family as your first option of seeking shelter.
Make the emergency shelter your last option for seeking shelter, however if it becomes necessary please note that all the COVID -19 protocols will be in place.
If you are going to an emergency shelter take your emergency kit with clothes, food and water to last at least 3 days.
Create a family emergency plan.
Owners and operators of businesses are asked to put plans in place to secure goods, property and equipment.
Persons living in areas prone to landslides, flooding and storm surge are asked to exercise caution and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
Ensure that you secure your important documents (birth certificates, passports, deeds etc.)
Keep listening for updates on the situation.