Saturday 22 September, 2018

SVG businesses, airport close as Tropical Storm Harvey nears

FILE - Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

FILE - Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) for St Vincent and the Grenadines has put residents of that territory on notice to brace for the pending passage of Tropical Storm Harvey.

According to an 8 p.m. bulletin from the NEMO on Thursday night, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, in consultation with the met Services and NEMO, took the decision to order the closure of all businesses and non-essential services for St Vincent & the Grenadines from 10 p.m. on Thursday night and on Friday, August 18.

All emergency shelters were activated at 8 p.m. Thursday night, as was the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).

The Argyle International Airport closed around 8 p.m. and based on the current forecast, the airport is unlikely to open during the day on Friday.

Travellers are asked to check with their respective airlines and to monitor the media for any changes.

PM Gonsalves urged all residents to be extremely vigilant as storm force and gusty winds, rough seas and moderate to heavy showers can be expected. 

He also urged residents to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property.

He further urged the public not to take Tropical Storm Harvey for granted as on its current track the system is expected to pass directly over St Vincent and the Grenadines, producing storm force winds, rough seas and heavy rainfall.