The Office of Disaster Management is calling on residents to maintain their high level of preparedness considering hurricane Jose which is nearing the Leeward islands.
Jose, a category 1 hurricane which is expected to strengthen to a major hurricane by the weekend, is about 715 miles to the east of the Lesser Antilles as of 11:00 am on Thursday and watches have already been issued for portions of the Leewards.
The most recent calculation puts Jose at its closest point to Dominica on Saturday September 9th with a distance at about 120 miles to the north of the island. Residents are therefore advised to finalize all preparatory activities for the hurricane should it pose any danger to Dominica.
According to the ODM, the general public must continue to monitor the progress of hurricane Jose and listen to advisories put out by the Dominica meteorological service.
Given that seas are still agitated from hurricane Irma, fishermen have been advised not to venture out until after Hurricane Jose and small craft operators must remain in port.
Persons living in low-lying areas or close to rivers or other waterways should be on alert during heavy rainfall activity and move to safer areas if needs be. Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks should be vigilant and exercise extreme caution if they must move around. Also, persons living on the coastline should be mindful of storm surges as above normal sea activity is expected as Hurricane Jose continues to move across the area.