Bad weather ahead due to tropical wave

POSTED: 10/12/12 1:20 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management says the peak of the hurricane season has passed, but residents should still remain vigilant until the end of the season.

The season so far has seen 15 named tropical storms. Nadine became of the longest-lived tropical systems on record.

A tropical wave associated with a low pressure system is expected to pass close or over the Leeward Islands tomorrow or the day after, bringing possibly adverse weather conditions.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported yesterday afternoon the system’s location 100 miles southeast of Barbados. “environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development over the next couple of days. This system has a medium chance – 50 percent- of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.”

The tropical wave moves northwest at a speed of 10 to 15 miles per hours. “Regardless of development strong gusty winds are possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles during the next couple of days,” the report stated.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution while driving in low lying areas which could flood due to heavy and persistent rainfall.

Near hillsides falling rocks are a risk.

Drivers and citizens who do not need to be on the road should remain at home until weather conditions improve, the department of communication stated in a press release.

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