September 5th 2018 – The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has been issuing advisories for multiple systems in the Atlantic. Residents are encouraged to pay close attention to the Atlantic and are encouraged to continue with preparations as we move further into the peak of the season.
Florence according to NHC at 5am was located near 21.4 North, 44.8 West or approximately 1300 miles East North East of the British Virgin Islands. Movement is towards the North West with maximum sustained winds at 105 mph. Hurricane force winds extend outward of 15 miles from the centre while tropical storm force winds extend up to 90 miles.
At present current projections from the NHC take this system further north where it should not pose a threat to the British Virgin Islands.
Disturbance 1 is near 12N, 27W. It moving west near 10 mph. A west, and at times west-northwest, motion is expected over the next 7 days. According to the NHC the system has a very high (90 percent) chance of development in five days. It has become better organized over the last 24 hours. Forecasters continue to think that if it did reach the eastern Caribbean, it would not do so until late next week.
Another tropical wave is expected to move off the coast of Africa according to NHC. It is expected to exhibit some form of development as moves westward over the eastern Atlantic.
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 to ensure who you have 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.