Antiguan officials monitoring Hurricane Sam
St John’s – Antiguans have been advised to closely watch the progress of Hurricane Sam which formed on Friday and is moving west towards the Caribbean.
In a statement on Saturday, the country’s Meteorological Office said rapid intensification is in the forecast and Sam could become a major storm by the end of the day on Saturday.
According to Meteorologists, most models forecast Sam to pass north or northeast of Antigua and Barbuda and its island neighbours.
Meanwhile, disaster officials say residents should have their hurricane plans in place, including having emergency supplies on hand and knowing where the closest shelter is.
Seventeen structures have been added to the list of available shelters.
This brings to 60 the number of emergency shelters managed by the National Office of Disaster Services, (CMC)