Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Dorian Approaching Lesser Antilles

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Tropical Storm Dorian Approaching Lesser Antilles

August 24, 2019

The U.S. Consulate General in Curacao cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to enter the Caribbean Lesser Antilles on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 (which includes the islands of Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten).

At 5:00 PM AST, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 10.7 North, longitude 49.1 West. Dorian is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue tonight. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Sunday, and that motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is expected to be near the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.

Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to occur.

All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, the respective island government’s website (Sint Maarten: https://www.facebook.com/SXMGOV/, or http://www.vacationstmaarten.com/; Sint Eustatius: https://www.facebook.com/euxgov/; and Saba: https://www.facebook.com/PublicEntitySaba/), follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to also visit the following U.S. government websites for more information:

· Sint Maarten & BES Islands Specific Information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/SintMaarten.html

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/BonaireSintEustatiusandSaba.html

· Hurricane Season “Know Before You Go:” https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/what-can-you-do-crisis-abroad/tropical-storm-season.html

· National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

For further information:

See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Sint Maarten and the BES Islands.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao, located at J.B. Gorsiraweg 1, Willemstad, Curacao. The U.S. Consulate General is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.