Office of Disaster Management advises caution due to possible flooding

POSTED: 09/28/11 11:52 AM

St. Maarten – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) is advising the population of the South side of the island to be cautious for possible flooding in low lying areas as well as street flooding. At 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday the National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded a low pressure system to Tropical Depression (TD) Ophelia just East of the Leeward Islands. Ophelia could become a Tropical Storm on Wednesday and is expected to produce total rainfall accumulation of two to four inches over the Northern Leeward Islands.

TD Ophelia has regenerated and is over 100 miles East South East of the Leeward Islands; maximum sustained winds are 30 miles per hour with higher gusts; the TD is moving West North West at five miles per hour and is expected to make a gradual turn to the Northwest and North-Northwest within the next 48 hours.

The possibility exist for shower activity along with thunder storms throughout Wednesday, therefore ODM is advising that in case of heavy rainfall, to avoid low lying areas; look out for possible street flooding; and if the rainfall is persistent, while driving along hill sides, watch out for possible rock falls.

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