GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – Based on the advice of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS), the Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs in consultation with the Prime Minister, have decided the following: for Wednesday afternoon, that businesses are advised to close and closely monitor the weather situation.

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Businesses that will be opening on Wednesday evening are advised to monitor weather conditions and open at their own discretion.

The Prime Minister has already taken the decision to close all government offices as of 1.00PM today Wednesday.

The aforementioned are being taken as a precautionary measure for public safety.

Based on information from MDS: due to the passing of a tropical wave, a small craft advisory (rough seas) is in effect until further notice along with a flash flood advisory (heavy rainfall), and a severe wind advisory (sustained winds above 34 knots/39 miles per hour with gusts above 50 knots/58 miles per hour).

An active tropical wave passing through the Lesser Antilles will continue to bring gusty winds and showers, some of which may be heavy with possible thunderstorms, to the local region today.

Motorists and residents in areas prone to flooding and falling rocks are advised to be vigilant and exercise caution as flash flooding is still possible.

Seas are peaking near nine feet and are expected to gradually subside on Thursday. Small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise extreme caution and secure their property.

For weather forecasts from the St. Maarten Meteorological Department, visit their website: