ROSEAU, Dominica, September 13, 2018 (CMC) – Today, a State of Emergency has been declared in Dominica, as the island braces for the effects of Tropical Storm Issac.
Yesterday, National Security Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, announced that a state of emergency would be declared, from midnight Wednesday to noon on Friday. This is in addition to an island-wide curfew.
During a press conference, yesterday, Blackmoore said the Dominica Police Force advised President, Charles Savarin, that the state of emergency should be declared and this was necessary to “save life and property and protect people from themselves”.
Superintendent Richmond Valentine added that police officers will be deployed island-wide, with a number of check point at various locations.
“Stay at your home with your family, in my mind there is no safer place for you to be,” he said, “From midnight tonight, we should have no one on the streets, walking or driving, unless you have a valid curfew pass.”
He added that curfew passes will enable holders to leave their homes to attend work and back.
Valentine also asked the public to continue to work with the police, just as they did for Tropical Storm Beryl.
In the latest update, today, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre said that Tropical Storm Isaac is moving toward the west, near 17 mph and this general motion is forecast to continue for the next several days.
On the forecast track, Isaac is expected to move across the central Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea, this afternoon, and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through the weekend.
The Hurricane Centre said that data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph, with higher gusts and little change in strength, is expected over the next several hours, as Isaac moves through the Leeward Islands.
Earlier this week, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, urged citizens to be “fully prepared” and to to take warnings seriously.
Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe are currently under a Tropical Storm Warning.
Meanwhile, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.