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HURRICANE DORIAN MOVING AWAY FROM THE BVI … EXPECTED TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE

HURRICANE DORIAN MOVING AWAY FROM THE BVI … EXPECTED TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE

August 28, 2019942Views

28th August 2019 – At 5:00 PM, the apparent eye of Hurricane Dorian was located near latitude 18.8 North, longitude 65.5 West. Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph. On this track, Dorian’s outermost bands should continue to move over the U.S. and British Virgin Islands during the next several hours as the system moves out over the Atlantic. It is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane over the Atlantic on Thursday or Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts.  Dorian is forecast to strengthen and become a powerful hurricane during the next few days over the Atlantic waters.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches)

Impact on the British Virgin Islands

  • British Virgin Islands can experience tropical storm-force winds through tomorrow morning
  • Rainfall is still likely as the tail end of Dorian continues over the Territory a flash flood warning remains in effect until 2:00 a.m.
  • Seas of1 to 3.1 meters or 7 to 10 feet; Warnings are in effect for hazardous marine conditions and small craft operators are advised to remain in port.

What to do

Keep monitoring the system as it progresses further eastward for any changes

Non-essential workers should stay indoors until the full all-clear is issued

Persons can also download the 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.

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.