On Thursday, October 19th, the Emergency Support Functions Team met this afternoon and would like to update you on Tropical Storm Tammy. This information is based on the latest update from the KNMI and the National Weather Service.
Tammy is currently tracking westward towards the leeward islands. The current trajectory of TS Tammy has the storm passing 62 miles (100km) ENE of Saba. Therefore, a Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect. This means Saba can expect periods of intense rain, thunderstorms, storm force winds, and mud/rock slides.
Here is what you need to know:
Friday Night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, increasing winds, and deteriorating sea conditions.
Saturday: Based on current tracking, the most severe weather will impact Saba on Saturday morning into Saturday afternoon, with periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms, and winds around 30 mph (48 kmh), gusting up to 50 mph (80 kmh).
In preparation of TS Tammy, please take the necessary steps to prepare for tropical storm conditions. This includes securing loose items around your home and businesses, such as your garbage bins, outside furniture, and building materials. Closing shutters at this time is at your discretion.
The Emergency Support Functions Team will reconvene again tomorrow. The primary concern is the safety and well-being of our community, and we will take all necessary steps to mitigate risks.
In our commitment to keeping you informed, another update will be provided at 5:15 PM and 8:15 PM today. We encourage you to stay tuned to Facebook and WhatsApp for further updates and advisories.
To view the latest updates on TS Tammy, you can also visit the National Weather Service website at: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?key_messages