Emergency Message for U.S.Citizens: Tropical Weather Alert

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens to the potential development of a tropical depression or storm in the Caribbean.  The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has forecast that this weather system may potentially impact a number of islands in the Eastern Caribbean. There are currently no watches or warnings in effect for any islands, although that is expected to change as this weather system continues to move west.

According to the NHC, showers and thunderstorms continue in association with a well-organized tropical wave which, as of 8 a.m on Tuesday, September 27, was located about 475 miles east-southeast of Barbados.  Environmental conditions are favorable for continued development, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could form later today or tonight.  Regardless of whether the system is a tropical wave or tropical cyclone, heavy rains and wind gusts to tropical storm force are expected to spread over the Windward Islands and portions of the Lesser Antilles, beginning Tuesday evening and continuing into Wednesday.

We advise U.S. citizens to monitor local and regional emergency management organizations for updates on the situation and for information on emergency preparedness, including the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

U.S. citizens are also advised to keep the following emergency phone numbers handy:

  • Anguilla – 911
  • Antigua and Barbuda –911
  • Barbados – 211
  • British Virgin Islands – 999 or 911
  • Dominica – 999
  • French West Indies (Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy) – 17
  • Grenada – 911
  • Montserrat – 999 or 911
  • St. Lucia – 999 or 911
  • St. Kitts and Nevis – 911
  • St. Martin – 911
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 999 or 911

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is closely monitoring this situation, and strongly encourage U.S. citizens in the Eastern Caribbean to do so as well.  Please share this message with other U.S. citizens who might not have received it.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at (246) 227-4000; by fax at (246) 431-0179; and by e-mail at BridgetownACS@state.gov.  After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling the Embassy switchboard at (246) 227-4000 and dialing ext. 2210 to speak to the Marine security guard on duty.

For more information on how to be prepared, please see the Department of State’s travel alert website.