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More rain is expected. More flooding is feared. More agony for a battered people just beginning to recover from the nightmare of evil Erika, the Tropical Storm. Grace, another tropical storm, may have mercy on Dominica. Maybe, but don't count on it.

By the way, did someone predict that the Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2015 would be mild? Not for Dominica, certainly.

Tonight, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told the nation in an address that meteorologist had advised him that more rain is expected to soak Dominicans as early as Wednesday, two days before Tropical Storm Grace makes land fall, probably on Friday.

Skerrit said that there is "a clear and present danger" posed by the threat of more torrential rain and thunderstorms.

According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) of Miami Florida, "at 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the centre of Tropical Storm Grace was located near latitude 14.0 North, longitude 37.5 West. Grace is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Grace is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression in a couple of days. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the centre".

In his address, Skerrit told Dominicans that any weather system should not be taken lightly especially after Tropical Storm Erika left a path of destruction and death in Dominica a few days ago.

"This is what I want you to listen to very carefully", he said. "The current projection is for an increase in showers and thunderstorm activity which could be heavy at times across Dominica on Friday."

He added that by Wednesday the clouds are expected to drop about one inch of water on soil whose belly is already filled with Erika's bitter lemonade. They will burst.

"It spells trouble for several residents across Dominica," Skerrit said.

We know he won't have to say that twice. After last week's destruction, Dominicans are understandably afraid of their lovely rivers and streams.


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