Don forces airline flight cancellations

Caribbean Airlines and Liat were forced to cancel five flights Tuesday due to the impending passage of Tropical Storm Don and the closure of the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) in Grenada.

A release from the airline said three flights (BW 448, 449 and 415) between Trinidad and Barbados and one flight between Trinidad and Grenada (BW 438) were cancelled, while one flight from Grenada to Trinidad carded for Wednesday was also shelved.

Tropical Storm Don was set to hit Grenada and Tobago Tuesday night but it degenerated overnight.

The CAL release said that affected customers travelling on the services will be permitted to change or cancel their reservations without penalty subject to some conditions.

Antigua-based carrier Liat also cancelled flights to and from Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad, Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Guyana as a precautionary measure due to Don.

The airline said passengers affected will be allowed to rebook within the next two weeks.

Inclement weather was expected during Wednesday as a weakened Tropical Storm Don passed the Windward Islands Tuesday evening.

However, it degenerated into an open wave over the far south-eastern Caribbean Sea.

All of the storm warnings and watches were quickly lifted, including that for Grenada, which was expected to be hit hardest.

Since early Tuesday afternoon, businesses in Grenada were closed and NADma was activated at 6.00 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is not expected to give any more updates on this storm as it appears to have calmed.

A disturbance in the Atlantic is showing signs of developing, but a cyclone forming remains unlikely.

“A low pressure system located more than 1,100 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of cloudiness and showers,” said forecasters at the NHC.

“Some slow development of this system is possible during the next day or two while it moves toward the west-northwest or northwest at 10 to 15 mph.

“After that time, environmental conditions are forecast to become unfavourable for development.”

The chance of a cyclone forming within either 48 hours of the next five days is 30%

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