30th May 2010 –
The Virgin Islands have received a high level of shower activity over the past
few days, leaving the territory very saturated. Most of the showers and
thunderstorms have moved north east of the local area, however a few lingering
showers are approaching the territory from the south east.
A moist and unstable air mass still persists in the territory. This in
combination with local heating effects will have the possibility to generate
more showers later today into this evening. For this reason the flash flood watch has been extended until Monday
morning. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain
across the watch area which may lead to rapid flooding.
No watches or warnings have been issued for Small Crafts however they should
exercise caution as some thunderstorms may produce squall like conditions
making it difficult to operate small motor vessels at sea.
Motorists are reminded to be very careful while driving on flooded roadways.
In addition, they are asked to exercise caution while driving in mountainous
areas due to low visibility as this, too, is hazardous. Saturated soils have
created instability which can lead to mudslides and falling rocks. The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is
monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates where necessary.
Please visit the DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com
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 inappropriately for legal evidence
or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances,
property or life.