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Tropical Storm: LIAT cancels several Wednesday flights

A satellite map showing Tropical Storm Chantal over the Eastern Caribbean.

St. John’s Antigua.-LIAT wishes to advise its customers and the general public of the following flight cancellations for Wednesday as the airline’s operations continue to be impacted by the passage of Tropical Storm Chantal:

·         LI 704 – Trinidad/Grenada

·         LI 761 – Grenada/Trinidad

·         LI 760 – Trinidad/St. Vincent

·         LI 766 – Barbados/St. Lucia/Antigua

LI 309 has been rescheduled to depart Antigua at 7:30 pm.

Passengers travelling tomorrow are asked to check the LIAT website, the LIAT Facebook Page, their local LIAT office, or to call the LIAT Call Centre from Antigua – 1-268-480-5582; toll free from the rest of the Caribbean – 1-888-844-5428 and from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – 1-866-549-5428 for information on the status of their flights.

Customers affected by the disruptions who wish to rebook for a later date will be allowed to do so without change fees or fare differences for a period of one week from the date of their original scheduled travel. Following the one-week grace period, passengers will be required to pay applicable fare and change fees when re-booking.

LIAT also wishes to advise that passengers who decide to travel but are unable to complete their journey due to disruption caused by weather conditions, will not be provided with meals, transportation, hotel accommodation etc. Passengers with onward connections are advised to contact the respective carriers.

The United States National Hurricane Centre issued the following at 5 PM (Eastern Caribbean Time):

BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM CHANTAL ADVISORY NUMBER 8 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL032013 500 PM AST TUE JUL 09 2013 …CHANTAL HEADING FOR HISPANIOLA… SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…15.2N 63.7W ABOUT 270 MI…440 KM SE OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO ABOUT 470 MI…755 KM ESE OF SANTO DOMINGO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…65 MPH…100 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 26 MPH…43 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB…29.71 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————– CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY… THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS… AND A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO INCLUDE THE ENTIRE COAST OF HAITI. THE GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS HAS DISCONTINUED THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR DOMINICA. THE GOVERNMENT OF FRANCE HAS DISCONTINUED THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR MARTINIQUE AND GUADELOUPE. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT… A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR… * BARAHONA TO SAMANA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * PUERTO RICO * ENTIRE COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC * ENTIRE COAST OF HAITI * TURKS AND CAICOS * SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR… * U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS * VIEQUES AND CULEBRA * CENTRAL BAHAMAS INTERESTS IN EASTERN CUBA AND THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF CHANTAL. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED STATES…INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK —————————— AT 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CHANTAL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 15.2 NORTH…LONGITUDE 63.7 WEST. CHANTAL IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 26 MPH…43 KM/H. THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS WITH A GRADUAL DECREASE IN THE FORWARD SPEED. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF CHANTAL WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE LESSER ANTILLES TONIGHT…AND IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR OR OVER THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. CHANTAL IS EXPECTED TO BE OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS ON THURSDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH…100 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. THESE WINDS ARE CONFINED TO A SMALL AREA TO THE EAST THE CENTER. CHANTAL IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH BEFORE REACHING HISPANIOLA. TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES…150 KM TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER. THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1006 MB…29.71 INCHES. HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ———————- WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS SHOULD REACH PUERTO RICO TONIGHT OR EARLY WEDNESDAY…AND REACH THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WEDNESDAY MORNING. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN HAITI BY LATE WEDNESDAY. STORM SURGE…A STORM SURGE…ACCOMPANIED BY DANGEROUS WAVES…WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY THE FOLLOWING AMOUNTS ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS… PUERTO RICO….1 TO 3 FT SOUTHERN AND WESTERN HISPANIOLA…2 TO 4 FT NORTHERN HISPANIOLA…1 TO 3 FT SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS….1 TO 3 FT RAINFALL…CHANTAL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES OVER THE LEEWARD AND WINDWARD ISLANDS…WITH 3 TO 6 INCHES EXPECTED OVER PUERTO RICO…THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS…AND PORTIONS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND HAITI…WITH MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 8 INCHES POSSIBLE.