by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Hurricane Tammy, on Saturday afternoon, October 21, 2023, made a sharp turn into a North North-Westerly direction, thus passing about 95 miles East of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Tammy’s sudden shift eliminated St. Kitts and Nevis’ risk of experiencing sustained tropical storm force winds. As a result, the Hurricane Warning that was in effect was discontinued at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night, October 21.
All throughout the day on Saturday, residents consistently questioned whether or not Hurricane Tammy would impact the Federation, as there was barely any evidence of a hurricane in the area. Only a few scattered showers and overcast skies were experienced.
Forecasters predicted that moisture and instability trailing Hurricane Tammy will generate unstable conditions throughout the Leeward Islands on Sunday, October 22, bringing significant rainfall, lightning and thunderous activity.
Disaster officials identified possible associated hazards such as flooding, landslides, and rock falls. As such, a Flash Flood Watch was put into effect for St. Kitts and Nevis and other islands of the region.
Residents were advised to stay indoors and avoid parking in ghauts until the system subsides.
The National Emergency Operation Centre remained active overnight Saturday, and shelters remained open to assist residents where necessary.