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Thursday, January 2, 2014
Last Updated Wednesday, December 31, 1969

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Tropical Storm Otto shuts down St. Kitts and Nevis

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – Heavy rain forced government offices, businesses and schools to close early Thursday afternoon as the tail end of now tropical storm Otto continue to drench St. Kitts and Nevis.

The sun shone for the first time in three days Thursday morning, but this was short-lived as the new delugue by mid-day caused several ghuts around the island to run heavy. It also hampering another day of efforts to clean up the silt and debris deposited around the islands overnight and Thursday morning.

One major road into downtown Basseterre remained closed as heavy swells continue to eat away at the retaining wall on the Irish Town Bay Road. There is also a report of downed electrical poles and lines in a new housing development in Old Road, six miles west of the capital.

The Turkish-registered oil tanker Azra-S also remained grounded in the Basseterre Harbour as surveyors boarded the vessel and determined that an additional tug would be needed to dislodge it.

Sea conditions had not improved Thursday afternoon preventing the container ship Tropical Tide from docking at the Deep Water Port and discharging its cargo.

The Tropical Tide, which arrived from Tortola on Sunday, has been anchored out to sea riding out the heavy seas from the then sub-tropical depression which soaked St. Kitts and Nevis.

“We are presently experiencing heavy swells at the main berth. We will try again at 6 A.M. Friday to dock the Tropical Tide,” he told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM).

He said that the surveyors who went aboard the Azra-S, which ran aground in the Basseterre harbour on Monday with 18,000 barrels of diesel, have determined that additional resources will be needed to refloat the 344-foot (105-meter) tanker.

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