DEM warns residents to prepare for effects of TS Maria

Officials at the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) are urging residents across Barbados to continue monitoring the approach of Tropical Storm Maria as the island remains under storm watch.

Director of the DEM, Kerry Hinds, urged persons not to be complacent, but to take all necessary precautions as approached the system approached.

“Please continue to pay attention to the radio and listen for updates, particularly those persons living in low lying or flood prone areas. Higher gusts of wind are also expected with the system as it approaches the islands,” she said.

The Director also reminded persons that they should contact the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Fire Service or the Barbados Defence Force to report damage or flooding, so that the necessary assistance could be facilitated.

“All the emergency response agencies are on heightened alert and are ready to respond should they be required to,” she assured.

Tropical Storm Maria is moving west-northwest at a speed of 15 miles per hour. On its present track, the centre of Tropical Storm Maria is expected to pass 130 miles to the north of Barbados early Monday morning.

The tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour with higher gusts, and strengthening likely as it is forecast to be a hurricane by the time it reaches the Leeward Islands.

Rainfall accumulation is expected to be between three and five inches. Due to already saturated conditions, flooding is expected and a flood warning may be issued at short notice. Meanwhile, a high surf and small craft warning will remain in effect until 12 noon on Tuesday, September 19, as large easterly swells between four and six meters are expected to accompany the system.

The MET Office has also reported that a buoy to the north of Barbados has already recorded maximum wave heights of up to 12 feet.

16 Responses to DEM warns residents to prepare for effects of TS Maria

  1. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite September 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Take care ..Barbados….

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  2. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin September 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    N ur hands lord…

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  3. Nikki Bayley
    Nikki Bayley September 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    So when are you shutting down the island?

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Probably well after weather is gone!!!

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    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott September 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      I just hope that we don’t have to eventually evacuate Barbados!

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  4. Colette Felix
    Colette Felix September 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    soooo am I the only one who hasn’t heard about school tomorrow??

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 17, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      I had radio on all day did not hear anything try news time tonight
      I check noaa for any weather watches updates Maria is now a hurricane as of 5 pm

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      No as I don’t think anyone has made any official announcement yet??

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  5. Steve L. Jemmott
    Steve L. Jemmott September 17, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    It is time design professionals open their mouths and start a discussion on how to deal with this situation facing our people. Time for a Caribbean forum on how to start preparing our building stock for hurricanes . We appear like sitting ducks , waiting for eventual evacuation when our turn comes.

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    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott September 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      It raises questions about our professional ability .

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Embarassment another failure by this government who listens to no one

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    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott September 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Barbados will not always be spared the ravishes of these systems

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    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott September 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Issuing bulletins, imploring citizens to buying candles , torch lights and stocking up on can foods and water is not the type of job assignments I think we have set up this CDEMA for. Neither is alluding to an illusive building code of any use to us. Citizens appear eager to hear : close Barbados , go home, buckle down , stay inside and have a lovely evening is no sustainable development strategy either..

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    • Julian Reifer
      Julian Reifer September 18, 2017 at 5:36 am

      HTF does an act of nature get to be the fault of the government idiots? Europe, Florida (with their far more advanced infa.structure) and the far East are being smashed by nature, is it their government`s fault? The earth tremors off Bim are also the fault of the government also i assume. If Labour wins the next election, whose fault will it be when the next hurricane lands at ya all door-step? and believe me that will happen. Just to educate some of you, right now as i write, storms are blowing down trees, damaging houses and killing people in Europe. 2 hours of rain is causing flooding.

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  6. Marvin Harding
    Marvin Harding September 17, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Sooooo what it is I people harping about put me n the know because I confuuùuuse

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  7. Saga Boy September 18, 2017 at 6:22 am

    DEM’s web site has not been updated since yesterday.

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