Saba govt. to remain open during TS Isaac’s passing | THE DAILY HERALD

SABA–The Public Entity Saba has made the decision not to cease any governmental services today, Thursday, and Friday, due to the passing of Tropical Storm (TS) Isaac.

Saba’s Disaster Management Organisation met on Friday and Monday, and based on weather information did not see the need to take measures at this moment, the Public Entity said Tuesday.

“We are monitoring and will continue to keep the public informed,” it was stated.

According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI, TS Isaac is expected to pass 240-260 kilometres (150-160 miles) south of Saba and St. Eustatius on Thursday evening, September 13.

From this afternoon and tonight there is a 10 to 20 per cent risk of tropical storm force winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour (around 80 kilometres per hour). From Friday onward winds will gradually decrease.

The Public Entity said Wednesday that in the next couple of days, Saba will be experiencing unusual rain and wind. “We are expecting heavy swells,” government stated.

Waves will gradually start to increase to eight to 11 feet this afternoon and evening. On Friday waves will gradually decrease to four to six feet with a south-easterly swell of three to four feet, KNMI stated in a tropical cyclone bulletin on Wednesday afternoon.

Due to high swells, the Public Entity advised residents and visitors not to go to the harbour area at Fort Bay.

“It is hurricane season, so you should always be prepared and stay prepared,” the island government stated.

Source: The Daily Herald