ODM STATEMENT ON ADVERSE WEATHER

ODM STATEMENT ON ADVERSE WEATHER

ISSUED AUGUST 9, 2021 at 5PM

The Dominica Met Service has informed that a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica as of 5pm Monday August 9, 2021. The projected conditions across Dominica due to the adverse weather from tonight into Tuesday August 10, 2021 include moderate to heavy shower and thunderstorm activity and possible sustained winds up to tropical storm strength (39mph to 73mph). The projection is for 4 to 6 inches (100-150mm) of rainfall with possible higher amounts in elevated areas.

Possible impacts of this weather system on Dominica include:

  1. Flash Flooding
  2. Landslides and rock fall
  3. Sustained tropical storm force winds are possible across Dominica tonight
  4. Moderate to Rough seas

What the public should do:

  1. Keep updated on information provided by the Office of Disaster Management and the Dominica Met. Service and make preparations to protect life and property

 

  1. Curfew orders are in place. Persons should limit outdoor activities as much as possible. However, if you must move around exercise caution and be aware of water-covered roads and bridges. Be mindful of the usual hotspots for flash flooding. People who live along waterways including rivers and ravines should be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings during tonight and into Tuesday.

 

  1. Be ready to move to a safe area if rising water is observed and do not attempt to cross rivers and other waterways.
  1. Be alert while traversing landslide and rock fall hotspots such as Tarreau, under the Canefield Cliff, Champagne area near Pointe Michel, Bagatelle, Dubique, Corona and Bellevue Chopin road to name a few and other vulnerable areas. Be watchful during overnight heavy rain period when landslides are highly possible
  2. Mariners and fisher folks should exercise caution and do not take undue risks
  1. Ensure that important documents are protected in water proof containers
  2. Check on your emergency kit and ensure it has the necessary supplies, including mask, sanitizer and rubbing alcohol
  3. Remember to obey COVID 19 Guidelines as we all do what is necessary to be safe
  4. Sheltering in place is strongly encouraged. There will be no general opening of shelters. However, exceptions will be made for known vulnerable areas or persons who determine they are in danger.

The ODM and the Met Service will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.