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TROPICAL DEPRESSION KAREN APPROACHING THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS..GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAINS POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY

TROPICAL DEPRESSION KAREN APPROACHING THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS..GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAINS POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY

September 24, 2019234Views

At 1100 PM, the center of Tropical Depression Karen was located near latitude 16.1 North, longitude 65.8 West or approximately 179 miles South Southwest of Road Town, Tortola. The depression is moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph.  A turn toward the north is expected by early Tuesday, and a northward to north-northeastward motion should continue through Wednesday night.  On the forecast track, the center of Karen will pass near or over Puerto Rico or the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday, and then move over the western Atlantic Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 mph with higher gusts.  Slow strengthening is forecast during the next few days.

The minimum central pressure based on data from the Air Force Hurricane Hunters and surface observations is 1008 mb.

Impacts on the British Virgin Islands

  • Gusty winds of tropical storm force are possible
  • Mudslides and Rockslides
  • Rainfall amounts of 2 – 4 inches with higher amounts are possible
  • A Small Craft Advisory and High Surf Advisory is in effect
  • Coastal flooding is possible due to increased breaking waves

What to do

Keep monitoring weather conditions as flood alert statements may be issued at short notice. Small Craft should stay in port tomorrow. Exercise caution when driving as squall like conditions may impair vision making it difficult to see while traversing road ways.

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.