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Key Points from the meeting of the Disaster Emergency Management earlier today


Key Points from the meeting of the Disaster Emergency Management earlier today

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A TROPICAL SYSTEM is expected to affect Barbados sometime after midnight with the centre passing between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. 

Rainfall is expected from midnight through most of Wednesday. 

Residents are asked to prepare for high winds and flooding in low lying areas. The system is tracking north and most of the stronger winds are expected north of Barbados. 

It is expected to bring between four to six inches of rain.

The following are the key points from a meeting of the Disaster Emergency Management earlier today.

■ School closed at 3 p.m. today and there will be no extracurricular activities, including lessons.

■ All primary and secondary schools will remain closed tomorrow.

■ The University of the West Indies (UWI) at Cave Hill, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) and the Barbados Community College (BCC) closed at 3 p.m.

■ There will be no evening classes.

■ There will be no classes tomorrow at SJPP, BCC or Erdiston Teachers’ College.

■ The last shuttle will depart UWI at 5 p.m.

■The last buses will leave the various terminals and Oistins, Christ Church at 8 p.m.

■ Buses returning to the Terminals will not be picking up passengers. This will allow for Transport Board workers to finish up their jobs and get home in a timely manner.

■ Businesses are asked to secure property and also take employees into consideration.

■ The Grantley Adams International Airport will close at 9:30 p.m. today. (updated)

■ There are 20 Category 1 shelters across the island and wardens have been deployed.

■ While the system has not yet been upgraded to storm status, it will be treated as such by the Barbados Meteorological services.

■ The system will be monitored very carefully and all necessary precautions will be taken. (Barbados Nation)