The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for British Virgin Islands. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.
At 1100 AM, the centre of Tropical Storm Karen was located near latitude 14.9 North, longitude 64.8 West. Karen is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph, and this general motion is forecast to continue today. A turn toward the north is expected by Tuesday. On the forecast track, the centre of Karen will move across the eastern Caribbean Sea today, and pass near or over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday morning.
Karen will move over the western Atlantic to the north of Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Little overall change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the centre. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb.
Impacts on the British Virgin Islands
• Tropical Storm Force winds of 40 mph possible for the BVI
• Rainfall amounts of 2 – 4 inches and 6 inches possible in isolated areas
• Rough sea conditions especially on southern shores
• Coastal Flooding is possible across the British Virgin Islands
What to do
• More statements may be issued. Please monitor and make preparations. Have your hurricane and flood plans available if needed.
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Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.