PM Browne urges residents to remain vigilant as TS Beryl weakens

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne is urging residents not to take comfort in the fact that Tropical Storm Beryl is weakening.

“We still have to remain vigilant and at the same time not to become complacent because these storms are unpredictable,” the prime minister told listeners to his radio station.

“We saw what happened in the case of Tropical Storm Erica in Dominica and even hurricane Maria,” the prime minister recalled.

Sunday July 8, 2018 by the Meteorological Service:

Beryl is moving west-northwestward at 20 mph (31km/h) and maximum sustained winds are near 45mph or 75km/h with higher gusts. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will move over or near to Dominica this evening into tonight. Beryl is likely to weaken to a trough of low pressure after moving across the Lesser Antilles.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dominica.

“I am asking all our citizens and residents to remain vigilante. I am hoping though that we get some much-needed rain from this tropical storm and that it would not do any damage within the region,” Browne said.

The Antigua & Barbuda leader says he’s keeping neighboring island in his prayers.

“In fact, I was just telling my colleagues that I am extremely worried for Dominica. The last thing Dominica would need right now is yet another hurricane.

“We have Dominica in our prayers and I am happy it has now been reduced to a tropical storm,” he said.

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