8TH October 2010 – 2PM: The Flash Flood Warning has been issued for the Virgin Islands until 5PM. A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring in the warned area. A flash flood is a sudden, violent flood after a heavy rain. Rainfall intensity and duration, topography, soil conditions, and ground cover contribute to flash flooding. A cluster of thunderstorms approaching from the south is presently affecting the local area.
The Virgin Islands has been experiencing torrential rain for the past few days. One of the DDM Weather Stations at MacNamara collected 20.05 inches of rain over the last three days. This is significant rainfall when compared to the same rainfall amounts that fell over a two week period in November 2003.
Residents and visitors are reminded to continue to EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION on roadways as some of them are extremely dangerous to drive on. The Territory remains under a State of Emergency. The DDM
will continue to monitor this system and provide releases as necessary. Please visit the Department of Disaster Management’s website at www.bviddm.com for continuously updated information.
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.