Storm breezes past

Tropical Storm Ernesto passed some 35 miles north of Barbados today causing minimal impact on the island.

Meteorologist David Best told Barbados TODAY the storm, which had dumped about an inch of rainfall up to 2 p.m. today, was expected to leave a total of two to three inches behind by the time the entire system disappeared from over this country.

“The intensity of the rain will extend into tonight and by early tomorrow morning, it is expected to abate. We had predicted from the outset that the intensity of the rain would come at the tail end of the system,” Best added.

At 5 p.m., the Met Office said Ernesto was at 13.0 degrees north, 64.1 degrees west, moving west at about 21 mph, with maximum sustained winds of some 48 mph with gusts of 58 mph.

Officials later explained that Barbadians could expect noticeable improvements by mid-morning tomorrow followed by a significant enhancement of the weather conditions by Sunday.

The Department of Emergency Management told Barbados TODAY the impact of Ernesto on the island was minimal with only two incidents reported.

“We had a quiet day today at the office. We only had two reports of damage, but no injuries. One was in Newcastle, St. John where a tree fell onto a house and the District Emergency Organisation for that area dealt with it, by acquiring the assistance of the Tree Trimming Unit of the Ministry of Transport and Works,” Deputy Director of the DEM, Kerry Hinds, said.

“The other report was at Flag Staff, where a tree also fell onto the house of a physically disabled person. The Tree Trimming Unit of the Ministry of Transport and Works also went to the aide of that person,” Hinds disclosed.

She said the all clear was issued by the department, just after the Met Office had given its final advisory at 5 a.m. today.

“We also stood down our emergency operations here at the EOC,” the deputy director of emergency services pointed out.

Hinds noted that from yesterday, the Emergency Operations Centre was partially activated, and today representatives from the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Defence Force, the Barbados Fire Service, the Drainage Division, the Ministry of Transport and Works, Welfare Department and the Ministry of Education gathered at the Warrens offices of the DEM.

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