With the possibility of Antigua and Barbuda being impacted by a Tropical Storm this weekend, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) is reiterating the need for preparedness.
According to information from the local Met Office, a tropical cyclone alert is in effect for the island which means that there is a tropical disturbance – Tropical Disturbance AL 98 in our monitored area.
It says most models have the system becoming a tropical storm – Tropical Storm Laura and passing near or over Antigua and Barbuda late Friday or Saturday.
There is the potential for limited impacts from storm-force winds, high seas and minor flooding, resulting in life-threatening conditions, disruptions to daily life and minor damage to infrastructure.
Residents are urged to monitor the system closely and have their disaster plans ready. This should include having supplies like lamp, flashlight, battery-operated radio, prescription medicine, canned food, water, among other things. Important documents should be secured in a water-proof bag and a bag packed with clothing and other supplies in the event persons will have to evacuate their homes.
A tropical cyclone watch will likely be required in the next 24 hours.