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DDME gets 20 new volunteers, Atlantic alive with 3 storms under watch

Providenciales, TCI, September 26, 2016 – Twenty new volunteers are on board with the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies as Shelter Managers and attended a workshop today aimed at ensuring they know standard operating procedures and current best practices and can teach others.  At the DDME office here in Provo that training of trainers happened and this will shore up the pool of human resources the DDME may need to access in the event of an emergency.

Meanwhile the Atlantic Basin is sizzling again, three systems under watch and one so sure to bring disturbing weather to islands in the Lesser Antilles that it forced the government of Barbados to issue a Tropical Storm alert.  One report to Magnetic Media is that residents of Barbados are now rushing to readiness.   The remnant of Tropical Storm Lisa are out in the middle of nowhere, expected to merge with a cold front, but forecasts say the storm could regenerate; it is about 700 miles off the Azores.  There is tropical disturbance one, with a 70% chance of gaining strength; it is moving west northwest at 15 to 20mph.  And newest, tropical wave is in the south western Gulf of Mexico with only a 10% chance of developing into a vibrant storm

As for what is happening right now, the Bahamas Met Office is forecasting three days of this stormy weather and say it is due to a trough which will bring gusty winds, higher seas and there is a small craft advisory in effect for both countries.  Thunderstorms, heavy isolated showers from time to time, seas for the Southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos can swell to as high as six feet over open waters and winds will get to over 23 mph.  The pattern continues into Wednesday.

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