6PM UPDATE FROM NADMA

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St. George’s, Grenada – Monday, June 19, 2017

The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) continues to monitor the weather with the technical assistance of the Meteorological Office at the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

The second Tropical Storm of the Official North Atlantic Hurricane Season is now formed.

At 500 PM AST the center of Tropical Storm Bret was located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft to be near latitude 9.4 north, longitude 59.8 West. ABOUT 225 Miles 365 KM South East OF GRENADA.

Bret is moving toward the west-northwest near 30 mph (48 km/h) and is expected to continue at a slightly slower speed over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of the tropical storm is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early Tuesday.

TS Bret has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is moving at a speed of 30 miles per hour, West North West of Grenada.

Please note that Grenada is still under Tropical Storm Warning and a Marine Advisory is still in effect.

The National Emergency Advisory Council (NEAC) advised the Prime Minister of the developments and he has agreed to partially activate the National Emergency Operation Centre as well as two shelters in the south of the island – the Calliste Government School and Monte Toute.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the state of Grenada overnight into Tuesday morning with moderate to strong convection and thundershowers. The disturbance is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 50 to 125 millimeters over the Windward Islands. Gusty winds, flash flooding and landslides are possible.

NaDMA takes this opportunity to remind us all that we should continue to be prepared at all times for all emergencies. Persons to the south of the island and those living in flood prone areas are asked to be especially vigilant.

If you have not yet done so, it is a good time to ensure that all drains and water ways around your property are cleared from all obstructions and that you have in place your hurricane plan and preparedness kit.

The Agency in collaboration with the Meteorological Services will continue to monitor this Tropical Warning and will update the public as necessary.

A representative of the Maurice Bishop International Airport and NaDMA secretariat will be on a specially convene programme on the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) this evening from 7 to 9 p.m to provide further details.

For addition information, please contact the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) on 440-8390-4 & 440-0838, or email address nadma@spiceisle.com. NaDMA, the official source for all disaster related information in Grenada.

Ruth Jacob-Roberts
Sr. Information Officer/PR- NaDMA

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