For those with family and friends on vacation in St. Lucia, wondering what's happening after Hurricane Tomas, with regards to them being taken care of and getting home, the following was sent from The St. Lucia Tourist Board today:
Tuesday 2nd November 2010 For Immediate Release
Source: Saint Lucia Tourist Board
Contact: John Emmanuel, Saint Lucia Tourist Board + 1 758 452 4094
JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE SAINT LUCIA TOURIST BOARD AND THE SAINT LUCIA HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION
SAINT LUCIA TOURISM UPDATE ON HURRICANE TOMAS
SAINT LUCIA (November 2, 2010) - Hurricane Tomas battered Saint Lucia from midday Saturday, October 30 to the wee hours of Sunday October 31. The Category 1 storm packed sustained winds and heavy rain, which resulted in fallen trees, infrastructural damage to buildings, damage to major roads consequentially restricting access to various areas, and temporary loss of utility services across the island.
Damage to the hotel plant was limited mainly to loss of landscaping and flooding to accommodations although a few hotels reported some structural damage. A comprehensive clean up exercise and restoration of critical infrastructure is underway and it is estimated that the country and its vital tourism industry will be back to normalcy by Friday November 12, at which time the island will be in a position to welcome all visitors in its usual legendary fashion.
The Government of Saint Lucia is committed to the practice of responsible tourism and in that respect wishes to ensure the utmost safety and welfare of visitors and citizens. In collaboration with the private sector, every effort is being made to ensure the smooth departure of visitors who wish to leave by facilitating additional airlift at both airports as well as transfers between the airports. Visitors wishing to remain on island will continue to be taken care of.
Cruise ships will resume calls to the island on November 7.
An update on the island's progress will be sent out in 48 hours.
For further information, please contact the closest Saint Lucia Tourist Board office: Head Office: 758-452-4094; UK: 207-341-7002; USA: 1-800-456-3984 and Canada: 416-519-5642.
And as we are all concerned about what other dangers may be heading our way weatherwise:
You can subscribe to the weather forcast here: http://www.slumet.gov.lc/
And here’s the latest forcast:
OUTLOOK FOR THE LESSER ANTILLES.
OCCASIONALLY CLOUDY WITH WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF ISOLATED SHOWERS.
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK.*************************
A WEAK TROPICAL WAVE WILL CAUSE A FEW SHOWERS OVER THE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS
AT 5:00 PM AST...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM TOMAS WAS LOCATED NEARLATITUDE 13.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 74.6 WEST. TOMAS IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 14 MPH OR 22 KM/HR...MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO 40 MPH...65 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.