19TH September 2019 – At 1100 PM, the centre of Hurricane Jerry was located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 18.0 North, longitude 57.2 West. Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph . A west-northwest to northwest motion at a decreasing forward speed is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will move north of the British Virgin Islands on Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph with higher gusts. A gradual weakening trend is forecast to begin by late Friday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 976 mb.
Impact on the British Virgin Islands
- Rainfall amounts of 4 -6 inches on Anegada is possible
- Rainfall amounts of 1 – 3 inches possible throughout other Islands of the BVI
- Gusty Winds
- Rough sea conditions especially on northern coasts. High Surf Warning in effect
What to do
Keep monitoring the system as it progresses further westward for any change in its path and intensity.
Review your family plans and check for items you may need, check your homes, shutters, drainage paths or specific areas. This is will avoid you trying to do and remember certain activities at last minute.
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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.