August 30th 2018 – Moisture and instability associated with a tropical wave will continue to affect the British Virgin Islands today, 30 August 2018. In the BVI forecast from the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services, rainfall totals are estimated 10 to 20 mm or 0.40 or 0.80 inches.
The Department of Disaster Management is advising residents in low lying and flood prone areas to take precautionary measures to minimize flooding and to safeguard lives, livelihoods and property as the conditions currently being experienced are expected to continue into the afternoon of 30 August 2018.
Motorists should be cautious when traversing the roadways as certain areas are prone to rock slides that could cause challenges to the road users. Although the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services has not issued a Flood Watch or Warning for the BVI, residents should be on the lookout for ponding where rain collects in roads and flat surfaces.
Current sea conditions are moderate with significant wave heights of 1.5 to 2 meters or 5 to 6 feet. A small craft caution remains in effect for the BVI.
Residents are reminded that we are approaching the traditionally active part of the Atlantic Season and to ensure that they are in a constant state of readiness. Continue to monitor information on weather systems that are developing and have the potential to affect the Caribbean region and the BVI.
IN THE ATLANTIC
At 1100 AM AST, the National Hurricane Centre issued an advisory for a disturbance (potential tropical cyclone six) located near latitude 12.9 North, longitude 18.4 West. The system is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion with a gradual turn toward the west-northwest is expected to continue during the next few days.
On the forecast track, the disturbance is expected to move near or over the southern Cabo Verde Islands on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the National Hurricane Centre forecast that the disturbance is expected to become a tropical storm during the next day or so.
At its current location the system is approximately 3000 miles away from the Territory. Residents should continue to monitor this disturbance as it continues to move forward eastward. We will continue to monitor the disturbance and provide updates accordingly. Please visit the DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com and subscribe for updates or like us on Facebook at http://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.