Sunday 29 November, 2020

SVG residents left in the dark about approaching storm

Photo: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Photo: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Some residents of St Vincent and the Grenadines are complaining that authorities are not doing enough to inform them about the impending impact of Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

A hurricane watch has been issued for the country today, along with Barbados.

But one Vincentian national told Loop News they were only informed that there was going to be “bad weather” and life on the island continued as normal until today when the Hurricane warnings were issued.

She said she’s praying for the best since her house is situated on a hill.

T Williams, a Trinidad and Tobago national living in the capital Kingston, said: “The information I’m getting here is coming either from the TT MET Service, [T&T] Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management or Barbados Met Service. We are going to be near the heart of the storm and it was only today you started hearing warnings telling people to ‘stock up on canned food and water’.”

He added: “Life here is very laid back. I’ve spent a few hurricane seasons here and information always comes a bit faster as the system gets closer.”

A few Facebook groups have been created by residents to share information about the storm and other weather systems that may impact the coutry.

At 2 pm AST, the centre of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located over the Atlantic Ocean about 850 miles (1,370 km) east of the southern Windward Islands, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

It's moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h).

A westward to west- north-westward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected to occur through the weekend.

On the forecast track, the centre of Gonzalo will approach the southern Windward Islands Friday night and move across the islands Saturday and Saturday evening.

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