Basseterre, Sep 4.- The Caribbean islands prepare for coming hurricane Irma, storm category three in the Saffir-Simpson scale, expected to begin lashing the region on Tuesday, reported local authorities.
The meteorological service of Antigua and Barbuda said the meteorological event is expected with strong winds, heavy rainfall and high waves.
Educational centers of the region were informed to close this Monday.
Besides Antigua and Barbuda, warnings were spread on the hurricane for Anguila, Montserrat, St. Christopher-Nevis, Saba, St. Eustaquius, St. Martin and St. Bartholomeus.
In this context, Vice Prime Minister of St. Christopher-Nevis, Shawn Richards, issued a communiqué informing about the actions taken by the Government to face the weather event.
The official informed that the National Council of Mitigation of Disasters met over the weekend to decide on actions to face damages during the path of the hurricane over the next few days.
According to Richards, the objective of those efforts is to ensure the people receive information that helps it to prepare adequately before the passing of Irma.
The official advanced that the hurricane will be nearing the island on September 6, with winds of 225 kilometers per hour (140 miles), that ism, as category 4 hurricane.
Today, the National Hurricane Center of the United States informed that the eye of Irma was 980 kilometers east of the Antilles and moved at 22 kilometers per hour (km/h) in direction west-southwest.
A shift to the west is expected later today, followed by another to the west-northwest Tuesday afternoon, said the entity.
The report estimated sea penetration caused by the hurricane will start affecting today the north of the Lesser Antilles. (Prensa Latina)