The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has issued an advisory for the closure of all businesses, non-essential private businesses and state enterprises to be closed as of 5:00pm today, due to the impending approach of Tropical Storm Don.

All essential services will remain in operation.

This was announced by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in a statement to the nation a short while ago.

He said that at 6:00pm all Emergency Shelters will be activated and the National Emergency Center will also be activated at 6pm.

The Prime Minister is appealing to all residents in Southern Grenadines of Mayreau, Union Island, Canouan, and Petit St. Vincent to be very vigilant, since those islands are expected to experience storm forced winds, gusty winds and rough seas. He is urging fishermen to stay away from the sea, and to properly secure their boats.

Persons are also urged to watch out for children.

The Prime Minister is appealing for persons to not take Tropical Storm Don for granted; but rather to take all necessary measures to protect their life.

According to the Meteorological Office, at 11.00 am the centre of Tropical Storm Don was located about 266 miles to the East Southeast of St Vincent and the Grenadines. A weakening has taken place.

Tropical Storm Don is moving towards the west at 20 miles per hour and this motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.

Maximum sustained winds decreased to 40 miles per hour with higher gust. Storm force winds extend outward up to 35miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1011 millibars…29.86 inches.

On its present track the center of tropical storm Don is expected to pass near the Southern Grenadines islands tonight into early tomorrow.

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