Residents of The Virgin Islands, by now
you should be aware that a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the
Territory. This means that we can expect tropical storm conditions in the
warning area within 36 hours.
Given the imminent threat of Tropical
Storm Erika and after consultation with the Department of Disaster Management, I have authorised the activation of the National Emergency Operations Centre at Level 2.
It was just a few days ago that we faced
the threat of Hurricane Danny which thankfully dissipated before it neared our
shores. Tropical Storm Erika has shown signs of strengthening and is projected
to impact the BVI by Thursday.
We were warned of Erika’s development even
as Danny disintegrated so I trust that the preparedness actions you engaged in
remain solidly in place. If you did not heed the call to prepare then, I urge
you to do so now, with utmost urgency.
Weather forecasting is not an exact
science and we can only be guided by the projections that are provided. Though
there is still some uncertainty, latest indications are that we can expect
heavy winds, rainfall and thunderstorms.
I call on
the boating community to secure vessels and other assets as rough seas are
expected during the passage of this storm.
A Small Craft Warning is already in place for mariners and sea
bathers. All small craft should remain
in port or quickly seek shelter in the designated marine shelters.
I encourage all residents to continue to
heed the preparedness information shared by the Department of Disaster
Management. Take the necessary actions now to protect lives and property.
We will continue to
monitor the progress of the Tropical Storm Erika and advise the population