Roseau, Dominica: A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Dominica from 11: 00 pm, Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
The government is continuing to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Bret as it has expected to pass through the Lesser Antilles on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
Based on these developments, the government of Dominica announced the following recommendations:
- The schools of Dominica will remain closed on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
- The online CXC CCSL Digital Literacy exam and the CAPE Caribbean Studies exam which were scheduled to be held for 9: 30 am to 10: 15 am and 9: 00 am to 10: 30 am respectively on Thursday, June 22, 2023 will proceed. The exams was supposed to be held at Portsmouth.
- The business day/workshop which is also scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 22, 2023 will be suspended at 12 noon.
The Meteorological Service of Dominica stated that the passage of the Tropical Storm is expected to be held approximately 85 miles south of the country overnight on Thursday, June 22, 2023. Aircraft data shows there were readings near 70mph surface winds at 11:27 pm in heavy rain rates. They also saw reading at 1800 feet of 90mph, an indication that often in the mountain’s winds can get much higher.
Aircraft is finding a large area of strong storm force 50-65mph in the northern half, far from the centre. In the southwest winds are light 10-30mph and in the southeast, there’s some moderate winds 30-45mph. To the east has 30-50mph. There is also a sizable feeder band to the east.
The service has predicted the showers and thunderstorm activity from Thursday afternoon. Further deterioration in the conditions has also been projected for overnight with the chance of moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms. The entire situation could lead to widespread flash flooding into Friday.
Bret may have strengthened some more as 60KT or 70mph surface winds were measured by aircraft within heavy rain rates in the NE quadrant around 11:27 pm. It has also seen max low-level wind of around 90mph at 954mb, which is, give or take, 1800 feet above sea level.
On the IR satellite loop, it does look like it has improved last hour or 2, though the center still not fully under the heaviest thunderstorm shield.