U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Tropical Storm Dorian August 26, 2019

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean alerts U.S. citizens that a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Additional islands under a Tropical Storm Watch are Dominica, Martinique, Grenada and its dependencies, and Saba and St. Eustatius. 

According to the National Hurricane Center , Dorian is currently a tropical storm. At 8:00 AM this morning, Dorian is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward the west-northwest is expected later today, with this motion continuing through Tuesday night.  The center of Dorian is expected to be near the Windward Islands late today and tonight and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength on Tuesday and Wednesday while it moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea. 

 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): http://www.cdema.org/ 

U.S. citizens should 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 encourages 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. 3066 to speak to the Marine Security Guard on duty.  The duty officer in Grenada can be reached at (473) 407-2495. 

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