Govt satisfied with efforts to prepare for hurricane

Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs Wilfred Abrahams said Government was satisfied with the level of preparedness, especially as it relates to flooding.

Abrahams was speaking at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St Michael, this afternoon, during an update on Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

The minister said there were 50 main water courses and the last one was being cleaned. He said the drainage programme would facilitate a better water run-off system and the flood prone areas would not be affected as much as before.

A hurricane watch remains in effect, although Gonzalo is weakening due to dry atmospheric conditions. However, Barbadians are being advised not to rule out anything. 

Acting director of the Barbados Meteorological Services Sabu Best, who joined Abrahams at the press conference, said there was a possibility that the system could progress into a hurricane by Saturday afternoon.

This formed part of the latest update on the weather system from the Met Office at 2 p.m. today. 


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