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Region prepares for Tropical Storm

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Region prepares for Tropical Storm

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CASTRIES, St.Lucia, July 8, CMC- The Government has ordered the closure of all schools by noon and throughout Tuesday as the country prepares for the passage of Tropical Storm Chantal.
According to a government statement, the schools will remain closed until Wednesday morning, unless advised otherwise.
Prime Minister Kenny Anthony, is expected to chair a pre- strike meeting of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) on Monday and preparations have begun to ensure that all hurricane shelters are available especially for persons living in flood prone areas.
In Barbados, the Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer, Joyce Leslie has urged boat owners to take immediate action to secure their vessels as the storm approaches.
Boat owners with larger fishing vessels in the water on the south and south west coast  have been advised to seek safe shelter in the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex Harbour.
In it’s latest release, the National Hurricane Centre said Chantal, the third tropical storm for the Hurricane Season was located near latitude 10.9 north, longitude 51.7 west and is moving towards the west northwest near 41 kilometres per hour.
The centre of the storm should reach the Lesser Antilles early Tuesday and move into the eastern Caribbean sea later on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 kilometres per hour and additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe while a tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra.