Schools to remain closed, Motorists asked to stay off the roads

PHILIPSBURG–The Minister of Education Culture Youth & Sports Silveria Jacobs has decided to close all schools today Monday, due to heavy rainsreports of heavy flooding throughout the island and overall poor weather conditions.

Take note that students in exam classes will unfortunately have to report to school or end up taking resits at a later date as they are based on international and regional scheduling.

A follow up announcement will be issued later today indicating if schools will reopen on Tuesday. The Fire Department is requesting motorists to remain off the road network due to heavy street flooding.

Those already on the road network should drive with extreme caution and avoid flooded areas; those driving along hillsides should drive with caution and beware of rock-falls.

The condition according to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten is due to a tropical wave and a mid-to-upper level trough which is producing instability across the Eastern Caribbean.

There will be scattered showers to isolated thunderstorms; wind speeds up to 22 miles per hour, and higher gusts. Showers may become heavy at times, therefore, residents and users of areas prone to flooding should be    vigilant as street-flooding may occur.

Slight to moderate seas are expected for the next few days with waves peaking near 6 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise caution.

Source: The Daily Herald