BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Aug 2, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Thursday night urged countries likely to be impacted by Tropical Storm Ernesto not to panic but be on their guard.
CDEMA’s Technical Manager for Preparedness & Response, Andria Grosvenor, told the Caribbean Media Corporation, (CMC) the system should be treated seriously but she cautioned the public to make decisions in keeping with the level of threat expected by the storm.
“Balance your actions to ensure you don’t get over anxious but to ensure at the same time you are not complacent,’ she said, noting that reports from Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica suggest adequate arrangements have already been put in place.
“All the member states we have contacted they have their systems on standby and they are monitoring the system and they have also called their pre-strike meetings and they have placed their systems on standby.
“We also had some discussion on Jamaica because we are monitoring the system for Jamaica because the system will pass over from the Atlantic into the Caribbean sea… it is tracking towards the south of Jamaica and there are also putting their arrangements in place and they have a meeting planned for tomorrow (Friday) if necessary,” she added.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Tropical Storm Ernesto, the fifth tropical storm of the 2012 hurricane season would move towards the Windward Islands on Thursday night.
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