Hurricane Irma is now a category 5 hurricane. According to information from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services, at 11 am today, Hurricane Irma was located near 16.8°N....58.4°W or about 230 miles East of the Leeward Islands and is moving westward at 14 mph.
Maximum sustained winds are now 180 mph. Although Hurricane Irma is to the north of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, there is still a possibility of high surf, isolated pockets of moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms. The Small Craft Warning and High Surf Advisory for St. Vincent and the Grenadines are also still in effect.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) is appealing to all coastal residents, especially those person living or operating businesses along the coast in the following areas to exercise caution and be on the alert for possible storm surge: Langley Park, Grand Sable, Byera, Gorse, Colonaire, Mt. Greenan, Sans Souci, South Union , Biabou, Brighton, Villa, Calliaqua, Rose Place, Questelles, Lowmans Bay, Layou, Barrouallie, Keartons, Rose Bank and Chateaubelair. Coastal residents in the Grenadine Islands are also asked to exercise extreme caution. Mariners and fisher folks are encouraged to take all the necessary precautions to secure boats and equipment.
Residents living in low lying areas, areas prone to land slippage and areas along the river banks, are also asked to be on the alert and take the necessary precautions, especially residents in the following areas who have been affected in the past: South Rivers, Colonaire, Sandy Bay, Mt. Young, Basin Hole, London, Owia, Fancy, Spring Village, Vermont, Buccament and Chateaubelair.
The National Hurricane Center (U.S.A.) is also issuing advisories on recently formed Tropical Storm Jose, located over the Central Atlantic. At 11 am, "Jose" was located near 12.3°N...39.1°W moving west north-west at 13 mph. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph. "Jose" poses no immediate threat to land and is currently projected to move north of the Leeward Islands by Saturday, away from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The National Emergency Management Organisation and the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services will continue to monitor these systems.