Yesterday, Saint Lucians were bracing for the worst as the destination was one of several Windward Islands for which the U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced that everything on the island of nearly 180,000 people would shut down by 6 p.m. on Monday, with the hurricane expected to hit around 2 a.m. that night, according to CBC News.
Now, with Tropical Storm Dorian now having passed the island, Saint Lucia has luckily emerged unscathed and been given the all-clear by the National Emergency Management Organization.
"To this hour, our hotel partners as reported on by the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association have fared well with no damages to plant and property. All guests are properly cared for and are safe within their respective resorts," the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority reported in a statement.
Airports have resumed normal operations with arriving and departing flights and the road network has been deemed safe to traverse by officials at the Ministry of Infrastructure. The electricity grid remains intact and there are no reports of interruptions to the water supply.
"While rare weather events can happen, Saint Lucia is a resilient island nation and our top priority is to ensure that we return to normalcy in rapid time," added the SLTA.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.