ODM: Country under a Tropical Storm Watch. Hurricane Danny expected to pass just south of Sint Maarten on Monday

Prime Minister Hon. Marcel Gumbs

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management(ODM) hereby informs the Sint Maarten community that the country is now under a Tropical Storm Watch as Hurricane Danny approaches the Leeward Islands.

Under a Tropical Storm Watch; the watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area generally within 48 hours.

Hurricane Danny is forecast to pass just south of the country on Monday.

Residents should use the weekend (Saturday, Sunday) daylight hours to take all precaution to protect life and property (secure anything in their yard that could blow away eg. Plastic containers, garbage bins etc.)

Contractors should secure construction and building sites.

The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS) says that at 11.00am on Saturday Hurricane Danny was located 660 miles east south east of the country; sustained wind speeds are 90 miles per hour with higher gusts, status category 1 hurricane; moving west north west at 12 miles per hour.

National storm/hurricane preparation news and updates can also be found on the Government website www.sintmaartengov.org and on the “Government of Sint Maarten” Facebook Page.

MDS will be providing weather bulletins with respect to localized weather conditions anticipated from Hurricane Danny.  For weather updates, visit the MDS website:www.meteosxm.com

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of the hurricane and provide updates as soon as possible once they are made available by the MDS and NHC.