Tropical Storm Emily poses no threat to St. Maarten

POSTED: 08/2/11 1:06 PM

St. Maarten – Tropical Storm Emily, which formed Monday evening, will bring rain and gusty winds to the island between Tuesday and Wednesday but the tropical storm force winds are forecast to stay well south. This has led to the conclusion that the fifth named of the Atlantic Hurricane season is not a threat to St. Maarten.

“The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) would like to thank the populace for their attention paid over the weekend and today Monday with respect to this weather system. Tropical Storm Emily is a stark reminder that the hurricane season is upon us and we are approaching the peak period of the season that runs from mid-August to mid-October. Residents are reminded to maintain a state of readiness throughout this period,” a press release stated.

Emily formed from cluster of thunderstorms that became a tropical wave as they moved across the Atlantic Ocean. A well defined center of circulation was not visible until Monday evening when a Hurricane Hunter aircraft inspected the system. Their report, sent to the National Hurricane Center and local weather services, showed that the storm had become organized and there were sustained winds up to Tropical Storm force. That data also led a number of weather services to issue Tropical Storm warnings and watches. The Meteorological Service of Curacao said there was no need to issue either a watch or warning, but stressed that a small craft advisory remains in effect.

Weather update

Monday’s forecast also downgraded the effect on local conditions. Winds are now expected to gust up to 45 miles per hour during the showers that will fall between Tuesday and Wednesday and the anticipated total rainfall is between three to six inches. Earlier forecasts stated that winds would gust up to 50 miles per hour and that between four and eight inches of rain would fall.

The earlier forecast that swells will continue to build gradually and be rough through Wednesday has been maintained and the Meteorological Service still anticipates flooding in low lying areas.

Flights

Regional flights operated by Liat were cancelled or diverted as Emily began to form and then pass through the Eastern Caribbean. The Dominica sector of LI 557, LI 553 and LI 364 were cancelled after the Dominica Air and Seaports Authority closed the Melville Hall Airport on Monday afternoon due to the unstable weather conditions. LI 332 and LI 512 were both diverted from the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados to the George F. Charles Airport in St. Lucia.

“LIAT continues to monitor the tropical weather system which is projected to affect the Eastern Caribbean over the next few days and will provide further information as the situation develops. Passengers are advised to monitor the airline’s website (www.liat.com) and other media for information,” the company’s Corporate Communications Officer Desmond Brown said in a statement.

 

 

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