Tropical Storm Harvey leaves commuters stranded

Scores of commuters were left stranded in The City this evening after the approaching Tropical Storm Harvey triggered a national shutdown of the transportation system.

Following a meeting of disaster management officials at the National Emergency Operations Centre set up by the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), the Transport Board advised that the last bus would leave the terminals at 5:00 p.m.

With Government offices closing at 2:30 p.m. and private sector offices, retail stores, supermarkets, petrol stations and other essential services shutting down anywhere between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., there was a mad rush for public transporation.

Commuters at the Prince Alice bus terminal were not at all happy, with many of them venting their frustration over the narrow window that they had to make it from work to the bus terminal.

One visibly upset traveller who asked not be identified told Barbados TODAY employees at his place of work had found out about the shutdown well after the decision was taken.

“The notice came late and we didn’t get a notice from our people in charge. We got the notice from social media, but when we got word it was about an hour after,” he said.

Having noticed the lengthy queues that were being formed as passengers waited for buses, another traveller was worried that many of them would have been left behind with no means of getting home after 5 p.m.

“There are so many people scrambling to get home, the buses that they have may be full and after 5 p.m. you are stranded and you don’t know if you are going to get home or not,” he said.

One person who said she had not heard about the storm up until this evening, said she had rushed to the bus terminal but could not get onboard because there simply were too many people trying to catch the bus.

“I am trying to get back home in St Andrew before the buses shut down. It is extremely difficult for me because the Shorey Village bus just left and everybody was packing into it. [For] all the people who live in all the hard to reach places it is very difficult,” she told Barbados TODAY.

Up to the time of publication efforts by Barbados TODAY to reach the general manger of the Transport Board for comment proved unsuccessful.

Today’s announcement of an early closure of petrol stations led to a mad scramble by motorists to fill up, turning the gas stations into large packing lots.

On the road, traffic crawled to a virtual halt, as people tried to make their way home.

Emergency management officials have warned Barbadians to take the storm seriously and to stay off the roads.

34 Responses to Tropical Storm Harvey leaves commuters stranded

  1. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams August 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    The notification from the met office came too late. I got to gas station too late.

  2. Seth St John
    Seth St John August 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Typical of Barbados

  3. Maria T Holdipp
    Maria T Holdipp August 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Lucky you… Where i live I’m having rain about 2 hours now

  4. Mark Kent
    Mark Kent August 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Wouldn’t have minded the rain, island needs it

  5. John Everatt August 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Idiots. These people who make these decisions to shut down the island are not looking at the facts. This storm was 300 miles away this afternoon when these officials decided to shut down the island and spread panic. You will here the words “abundance of caution” over and over in the next few days but they needed to look at the facts before shutting down the island on such short notice.

  6. Darius Clarke
    Darius Clarke August 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    At 10:30pm Tropical Storm Harvey continues to itch closer to Barbados. The system’s center is located near 13.0N 57.4W which is about 140 MI…230 KM E of Barbados.

    • Skylar Prince
      Skylar Prince August 17, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Was saying how close it is for real. Looking like a direct hit praying otherwise though.

  7. Nkonye Faith
    Nkonye Faith August 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    That’s in your area but other areas getting rain

  8. John Everatt August 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    By the way, the storm was not predicted to hit the island before tomorrow (Friday) by the met office so why was everything shut down this afternoon? Do the officials not understand English or are they just not listening?

  9. Sophia Cumberbatch
    Sophia Cumberbatch August 17, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    They spoke about this system and the other 3 since early in the week and we as a people need to be proactive and visit the national hurricane website

  10. Chelle Berry
    Chelle Berry August 17, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    This is hurricane season and we should always be alert. Don’t wait for the Met Office. Some people may also be stranded because some employers feel that they have to grab every last penny and then they don’t even have the decency to hire transportation for their workers.

  11. Monica Williams August 17, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    The politicians we have in the house are to blame along with the Transportation department.With business closing at 1630 ther is no way that the five a”clock bus could even hold all those last minutes customers. There should have had extra buses on hand to make sure everyone got home. We need to stop complaining and Join together and start a movement and let the government know that we should be treated better than this in an emergency. No where would this type of service happen in New York City.which have thousand ore cummuters. Bajan we have to stand up to government in the situation if not we will always get step on. Come unity is strength.

    • hcalndre August 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Monica I will say bajans are docile, don`t stand up for their rights as over burdened tax payers and then you will hear the house negroes, lizards and yard fowls coming out in defense of this incompetent government. Then there`s no person that can be reach in situations like these. Barbados is a 2×2 place and with a few hundred more people, can you imagine what it would be like if it used to snow? the whole country would shut down until the snow melts or until the winter is over.

  12. Ossie Moore August 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    . . . .that’s why buhbaydus is called a banana republic,.

  13. Edwin Leo
    Edwin Leo August 18, 2017 at 12:04 am

    I am not in Barbados and advisories were given out well in advance

  14. Cyan Jada
    Cyan Jada August 18, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Rain, lightning and thunder… serious!

  15. Chelle Berry
    Chelle Berry August 18, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I’m in the same position as you, Edwin Leo – overseas and heard warnings from Barbados ever since.

  16. Daniel A Boxill
    Daniel A Boxill August 18, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Yes. There were warnings issued that the storm was coming but people still have to go to work unless told otherwise… That’s the problem

  17. Penelope Jones
    Penelope Jones August 18, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Cyan Jada same here where I am.

  18. Carlton Proute
    Carlton Proute August 18, 2017 at 1:28 am

    It so easy to be critical, the info was first out about 1 30. Heard many critical of the call to mobilize.

  19. Jennifer August 18, 2017 at 1:54 am

    This is silly
    Buying gas and filling vehicle. You will not be going any where to use the gas either. They get this people every time.

    • hcalndre August 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Jennifer how many people you think put more than $5 or $10 in their car at one time so when an emergency that`s why you get the rush.

      • Jennifer August 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

        Really. I does put in too much then. At 50 diesel and up. Man some of them people always like getting doupe.

  20. Linda Cumberbatch
    Linda Cumberbatch August 18, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Ruth u r correct

  21. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace August 18, 2017 at 2:28 am

    More chaos

  22. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 18, 2017 at 2:42 am

    The Transport Board is something else at 3.30 pm the bulletin about the service came through that the last service would leave at 5pm.
    Get your act together it was too late and there we no buses.

  23. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 18, 2017 at 2:43 am

    I haven’t received any yet.

  24. Loretta Griffith August 18, 2017 at 5:11 am

    We have got to think about families other than our own. This is not time to be selfish.
    This is not the time for the politics nor to be hypocritical. We should be thanking God for sparing our lives and taking us through this safely.
    Let’s be objective for once.

    • hcalndre August 18, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Loretta, objective and stupid, have you ever live where they put chains on the bus wheels to move through the snow so people can go about their business, I never heard about the operators have familes and have to get home and left commuters stranded with such a short notice.

  25. Roger Headley August 18, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Jennifer, that has always been my question. Why do so many persons need to get gas? are you driving around at E? and if not how much gas do you need to have in your car because a hurricane coming? Where will you be going and how much gas do you need to drive from St. Philip to St. Lucy?

  26. Breadfruit. August 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

    @ John Everatt.

    The location of the storm east of Barbados was the location of the eye only. The bad weather extend from the eye and can be much closer to Barbados according to the size/development of the storm.

    Actually, the eye is the calmest part of a storm so in fact when you are giving the location of a storm you are giving the location of the calmest weather.

    If the location of the storm was three hundred miles east of Barbados and the bad weather extended two hundred miles from the center then the bad weather would be only 100 miles east of Barbados therefore less time to prepare.

  27. damian August 18, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I am the only one to see this is a mini economic stimulas package.

    • Breadfruit. August 18, 2017 at 10:12 am

      You own a gas station?

  28. Breadfruit. August 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    @ hcalndre.

    During blizzards and weather systems with high winds and heavy rainfall that may cause flooding they shut down public transportation and business for safety reasons

    It is stupid to compare a storm that may blow of roofs, down trees and electrical wires plus flooding to a weather system that only cause snow.

    For example on only snow events.
    Two inches of snow in the northern states are a daily occurrence and would not call for any disruptions. That same two inches of snow in Atlanta, in the south, would shut the city down.


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