News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 14, 2018: The Canadian government this week updated the warning levels from normal to high for two Caribbean nations in the Eastern Caribbean region.
The new warning, issued on September 12, 2018, advises Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution” when travelling to Dominica and St. Lucia.
The updated warning to Dominica is due to Tropical Storm Isaac which is likely to bring excessive rainfall and violent winds. The storm may also cause flash flooding and landslides and could severely disrupt the transportation, power distribution, water and food supply, the telecommunications networks and emergency services and medical care on an island still recovering from Hurricane Maria’s 2017 devastation.
Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 8 to 10 inches over Dominica.
“Avoid any unnecessary travel through the affected area,” said the Canada government warning.
Meanwhile, the Canadian updated warning also advises nationals about travel to St. Lucia “due to limited medical resources, generally poor road conditions, unreliable public transportation and moderate crime rates.”
The updated warning urged travelers to avoid the districts of Marchand, Broglie, St. Grass, St. Leslie Land, and Wilton Yard, located off of Chausee Road due to high rates of crime.
And it added that medical care is limited and noted “there are two public hospitals and one private hospital (while) serious cases may have to be referred to Miami, Florida, or Martinique.”