The Netherlands Antilles & Aruba Weather Service has issued a special bulletin at 3.00pm with respect to a "severe rainfall watch" which is in effect for St. Maarten. This watch is in effect until 6.00pm
Motorists are hereby advised to exercise extreme caution while driving home from work late this afternoon.
Heavy showers leading to local flooding are possible over sections of the island are anticipated. Residents are urged to avoid driving in low lying areas and in flooded streets until the anticipated heavy rain has tapered off or ended and the anticipated flood waters have subsided.
In case there are lightening strikes very close to your location, switch off and disconnect any sensitive electronic equipment. Also disconnect any phone line from your computer.
Motorists should exercise extreme caution while driving in hilly areas and to be on the lookout for possible rock falls.
Persons who do not need to be on the road at this point in time should remain at home until weather conditions improve.
The Welgelegen road in Cay Hill has been closed to all vehicular traffic for the period Monday afternoon and evening due to the anticipated heavy rainfall.
Residents are advised to continue to monitor radio broadcast for any additional information that may be issued by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and for weather reports issued by the Netherlands Antilles & Aruba Weather Service.