1ST August, 2010 – Tropical Disturbance 29 is located near 10.5N and 37.5W. This is about 1500 miles east-southeast of Barbados. The disturbance is moving to the west-northwest near 10 mph. It continues to show signs of organization this evening.
Model guidance takes this disturbance to the west-northwest over the next several days. On this track, this system will move near the Virgin Islands in 4-5 days. Beyond then, forecasters believe a more northwesterly track will continue, taking the disturbance to the east of the Bahamas.
Squalls from this system could reach the Windward Islands by Thursday afternoon. These squalls could then begin impacting the Virgin Islands early Friday. Conditions would begin to improve across the northeast Caribbean by late this weekend as this system moves off to the northwest. Strong wind gusts and heavy rain are possible. These rains could cause flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous regions.
As such conditions have created damage to roads and homes over the past few weeks, residents and visitors are reminded to secure valuable items from water damage, limit driving on roads that are overrun with water and to exercise caution in the event of mudslides and falling rocks. Residents and visitors are asked to monitor local media stations for information pertaining to road closure and other hazards.
Please visit the Department of Disaster Management’s website at www.bviddm.com for continuous updates.
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.