8TH October 2010 – 9PM: The Virgin Islands over the past few days experienced torrential rain over the Virgin Islands. Tropical Disturbance 57 exited the coast of Africa and within a few days and meandered across the Atlantic. With its unusual track, this Disturbance passed northwest of the Territory in a northwesterly direction only to stall just north of Puerto Rico. This disturbance lingered and pulled a large quantity of moisture from south of the Caribbean Sea. This and other local effects produced an abundance of scattered showers and thunderstorms which flooded the Territory.
The Director of DDM has consulted with the Governor and at 8:00pm this evening the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) was officially deactivated. As a result, no further weather releases regarding this system will be issued.
All four emergency shelters that were opened to house displaced flood victims are now closed.
The damage and needs assessment teams will continue to conduct assessments throughout the Territory over the weekend. These will be done primarily in the more severely affected areas to ascertain the impact. It is expected that the initial impact assessment will be presented to the Governor and Cabinet in the coming weeks.
The DDM will continue to monitor systems developing in the tropics and provide updates where necessary. Please visit the Department of Disaster Management’s website at www.bviddm.com for continuously updated information.
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