The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management (ODM) Fire Chief Clive Richardson said on Thursday that the fifth named storm of the season Tropical Storm Elsa, is a stark reminder that you have to be prepared for the Atlantic hurricane season in the event that a storm system forms.
According to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS), Tropical Storm Elsa does not pose a direct threat to the country but will be monitored and the public will be updated accordingly.
Tropical Storm Elsa is a clear example of a fast-moving system heading that is for the Windward Islands (Barbados, St. Vincent and St. Lucia) and is forecast to pass near or
over portions of the aforementioned islands late Friday and Friday night.
The remaining names for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season are: Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor and Wanda.
For those who would like to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike, you can visit the Government website: www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”
ODM reminds residents and business owners to have plans in place for quick action when the need arises – storm ready!
Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane.
For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS): www.meteosxm.com or visit their social media page Facebook.com/sxmweather/
Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Are You Ready? Be prepared this hurricane season!