DEM urges public to monitor weather system
The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has called on the public to continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Danny as it makes its way towards the Eastern Caribbean.
Danny will be the first storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season to impact the region.
Acting Director of the DEM Kerry Hinds told Barbados TODAY that individuals should take precautions and heed the department’s advice.
“You should inspect around your homes, ensure that they’re free of debris, check your insurance policies, make sure that your family is safe, have your emergency kit, know where your shelters are just in case you have to evacuate your home and go to the nearest shelter.
“What we usually tell you, ensure you reinforce your house, retrofit, put up your shutters, have your emergency water supply in place, your emergency power in terms of generators,” Hinds said.
She also advised the public to monitor the radio stations and check the DEM’s website for regular updates and advice, adding that “information is out there, it’s on the website. We have public awareness information.”
Hinds reminded residents that despite concerns over recent seismic activity, “we must remember we are still in the hurricane season and therefore must be prepared for the possibility of a system”.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre predicted that the storm could be upgraded to a hurricane by Friday.
Deputy Director at the Barbados Meteorological Service Sonia Nurse said based on its current track, Tropical Storm Danny is expected to pass 218 miles north of Barbados around Sunday night into early Monday morning.
According to Nurse, Barbados could experience some deterioration in sea conditions, depending on the strength of the system when it passes.
Meanwhile, a Hurricane Hunter aircraft from the United States National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expected to land in Barbados tomorrow, and is scheduled to fly missions on Friday and into next week to gather more data about the storm.
Hurricane Hunters are special aircraft used by the NOAA to conduct research to support its mission of predicting changes in earth’s environment, and managing coastal and marine resources. The crews fly through hurricanes to help forecasters and scientists gather operational and research data.