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Local Met Officials have issued the all clear for St Lucia as hurricane Maria continues to track north westward away from Saint Lucia and the threats from the hazards associated with this system continue to diminish.

Speaking with RCI news today, Met Officer Shem Willie informed that at 8:00 am today, the centre of hurricane Maria was located 194 miles or 312 km northwest of Saint Lucia. However, scattered moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds associated with the outer bands of Maria are expected during the next 12 to 24 hours.

Willie has also explained what the all clear means. Tropical storm warnings have been discontinued for Saint Lucia from 8:00 am. As a result, the Saint Lucia meteorological services will issue no more advisories on hurricane Maria. Weather conditions are expected to gradually improve as the day progresses.

In the meantime, small craft operators are advised to remain in port for the remainder of today. Residents of areas prone to flooding and landslides should continue to exercise caution.

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