Tropical Storm Emily does not pose a threat to Sint Maarten

A number of tropical storm watches and warnings were posted Monday evening for the Windward Islands and parts of the Leeward Island chain. 

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EFFECT ON LOCAL CONDITIONS according to the Meteorological Department of Curacao:

Winds: Monday evening, northeasterly to easterly, wind speeds increasing gradually to about 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph, mainly in showers. Tuesday through Wednesday, easterly, becoming gradually southeasterly, 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, mainly in showers.

Seas: Easterly swells will continue to build gradually tonight. Seas will be rough from tonight through Wednesday.

Rainfall: Periods with thundershowers will occur from late tonight through Wednesday morning. Total rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are possible, resulting locally in flooding of low lying areas.

The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) would like to thank the populace for their attention paid over the weekend and today Monday with respect to this weather system.

Tropical Storm Emily is a stark reminder that the hurricane season is upon us and we are approaching the peak period of the season that runs from mid-August to mid-October. Residents are reminded to maintain a state of readiness throughout this period.

Remember, it only takes one. Be prepared.