3rd August, 2010 – As
of 5AM, Tropical Storm Colin is located near 14.0N and 47.2W, or about 945
miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Movement is to the west-northwest at 23 mph.
Maximum sustained winds are now at 40 mph.
Forecasters take Colin to the west-northwest at a quick pace over
the next couple of days. On this track, the system is expected to pass a few
hundred miles north of the Virgin Islands and Leeward Islands late Wednesday
and early Thursday. Thereafter, forecasters expect Colin to gradually slow and
track more to the northwest around the Bermuda High. The storm is forecast to
turn northward between Bermuda and the United States on Saturday.
Colin is expected to gradually strengthen over the next 24 to 36
hours. The wind shear is expected to increase and this, at the very least,
would inhibit additional strengthening. At this time forecasters do not expect
Colin to reach hurricane intensity.
Given the forecast, forecasters do not expect any significant
impacts to the Virgin Islands, except for passing showers from the outermost
bands however, the DDM will continue to monitor the system for any sudden
Residents and visitors are reminded that we are getting in the
high point of the season and all necessary preparations should be in the event
a hurricane was to approach the territory.
Please visit the Disaster Management’s website at www.bviddm.com
for any further information.
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 inappropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any
decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.