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PM announces Independence program cuts and appeals for attention to hurricane advisories



Harris-PMBasseterre, St. Kitts, 18th September, 2017 ( - As Hurricane Maria is set to pass to the south of St. Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, in an address to the nation, officially announced the postponement of three Independence events.


The storm will begin affecting the federation late Monday night into Tuesday, with the centre of Hurricane Maria passing at its closest about 2 pm on Tuesday.


Speaking on ZIZ TV and Radio, Prime Minister Harris said. “In light of the approach of Hurricane Maria, I wish to advise the public that all Independence activities scheduled for the rest of this week have been postponed.”


He continued, “As such, the three Independence Day activities that were scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2017, have been postponed until further notice.  These events are our Independence Parade, the Toast to the Nation at Camp Springfield, and the Independence Cocktail Reception at Government House.”


Speaking on Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister appealed to citizens and residents to heed weather advisories and precaution tips provided by the our country’s MET Office.

“We also wish to advise persons to remain indoors once weather conditions begin to deteriorate.  Our security forces will remain on high alert to ensure the safety and security of all citizens and residents,” Prime Minister Harris informed.

In his address, Prime Minister Harris also indicated that some shelters will be opened prior to the arrival of the hurricane.

He said, “I wish to advise that in all communities one hurricane shelter will be opened in advance of the storm as a means of accommodating persons whose housing conditions may be vulnerable.  

Harris continued, “However, in Districts four (4) and eight (8) there will be two centres opened:  in District four, the centres which will be opened are the community centres in Challengers and Old Road; in District eight, the Community Centres in St. Peter’s and Cayon will be opened.”

“I encourage persons seeking shelter to do so with urgency, now. Early action can save your life and that of others,” Harris stated.

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