September 7th 2018 – The National Hurricane Centre’s (NHC) latest advisory has reduced the strength of Florence while two Disturbances in the Eastern Atlantic continue to develop.
Residents and Visitors should monitor both systems (Disturbance 1 and 2) as both have the potential of reaching the Caribbean. Every effort should be made for preparations in the likely event.
Florence, according to NHC at 5am was located near 25.1 North, 50.7 West or approximately 930 miles East North East of the British Virgin Islands. Movement is towards the West at 7mph with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend up to 140 miles. The NHC expects Florence to regain hurricane strengths over the weekend.
Current information from the NHC still keeps Florence a safe distance from the British Virgin Islands however, we will continue to monitor for changes.
Disturbance 1 is near 14N, 34W and is moving west near 10 mph. A west to west-northwest motion is expected over the next week or so. The system has a 90 percent chance of development. Forecasters continue to predict that if it did reach the eastern Caribbean, it would not do so until late next week.
Disturbance 2 is located along 19W and is moving west near 12 mph. It has a 90 percent chance of development. Forecasters predict that this system may become a tropical storm by the time it moves over the southern Cape Verde Islands on Sunday morning.
The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) will continue to monitor the systems and provide updates accordingly. Now is a good time to review family emergency plans and emergency kits to ensure you have all the necessities.
Persons at home and abroad are encouraged to download the DDM’s Alert app in the Apple App store or Google Play store to receive updates of any hazards affecting the territory.
You can also visit the DDM’s webpage at www.bviddm.com and subscribe for updates or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bvi.ddm.
Image credited to the National Hurricane Centre
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.