Emergency officials say schools and businesses are to remain closed on Thursday as Barbados continues to be affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.
Today was the first full day of a national shutdown that also affected the operations of the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA).
Barbados TODAY understands that at least two inbound flights operated by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic out of the United Kingdom had to be diverted to the neighbouring V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua today.
As Matthew dumped heavy rains and lashed Barbados with storm force winds, GAIA’s Corporate Communications Specialist Keith Goddard said the airport would “remain closed until the national all-clear has been given”.
However, the Acting Head of the Department of Emergency Services Kerry Hinds said on state-run television no such order would issued tonight. She also announced that schools and businesses would remain closed tomorrow as she reiterated her caution to Barbadians to stay in doors, heed the warnings of the authorities, and to take the necessary precautions.