Tropical Storm Warning issued for Saint Lucia 

With Bret approaching, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Saint Lucia. This indicates the possibility of experiencing storm conditions within the next 24 hours. 

Tropical Storm Warning issued for Saint Lucia 
Tropical Storm Warning issued for Saint Lucia 

Castries, Saint Lucia: With Bret approaching, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Saint Lucia. This indicates the possibility of experiencing storm conditions within the next 24 hours. 

The territory’s emergency management agency has been working diligently to ensure the safety of everyone in our destination. Effective 10:00 am on Thursday, June 22, 2023, the George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) and Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) will be closed until further notice. 

All seaports will cease operation at 1:00 pm. This closure is in place to prioritize the safety and well-being of all individuals. Thus far, service providers LIAT, Air Antilles, and interCaribbean have canceled all flight operations for Thursday, June 22, 2023. 

The government of Saint Lucia said, “We understand that this situation may impact the travel plans of individuals. We urge you to contact your airline or ferry service to reschedule your trip.” 

Visitors staying in an Airbnb, VRBO, or similar accommodations are encouraged to contact Saint Lucia Tourism Authority at information@stlucia.org to provide their contact information, the address where they are staying, and an off-island emergency contact number.

They urge everyone to stay indoors and away from glass windows when tropical storm-force winds are affecting the area. It is important to avoid entering the ocean as well. Failure to comply with this request puts human lives at risk, including yours and our first responders.

Tropical Storm Bret has built and kept strong thunderstorms near and north of its centre. Aircraft found winds of 65mph. Stronger Bret means it is moving a little slow at 15mph. 

There are 1 or 2 strong looking rainbands to the east already. These also have storm force gusts and mean rainfall lasting thru Friday. Tropical-storm-force winds now extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the centre, especially to the north.

A Tropical Storm Warning in effect for: 

* St. Lucia

* Martinique

Saint Lucia has Tropical Storm Warning. NHC kept winds at 60mph for 2 pm. But the aircraft found surface winds in the NW area of close to 54KT or 64mph.

Some flight level winds 60-70mph were occurring around 70-80 miles from center in NW but only 35-40mph at surface. Rainbands there are lighter and associated with fast-moving outflow boundaries. 

If heavy clouds form, a portion of the high winds can come down(70-80%). This is key since this is far away from centre. Things will change, of course, but it needs to be emphasized that islands like Martinique, and Dominica, can still get strong storm-force gusts if the centre follows the current forecast over Saint Lucia.

Closer to the center north to northeast, is another area of 65mph surface winds near or within heavy showers and thunderstorms. 40 mph winds in the southeast side extend to about 50-60 miles away form the centre. 

And further to east, where heavy rainfall extends the most. The southwest might have storm-force winds out to 30-50 miles and is mostly dry outside the core thunderclouds. This will be important for areas south of the centre and after the centre passes, as the SE and east sides can bring strong gusts