23rd August, 2010 – At 5:00 am the center of Tropical Storm Danielle was located near latitude 14.8 North longitude, 37.1 West. Danielle is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph and this general motion with an increase in forward speed is expected to continue through Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher wind gusts. Additional strengthening is forecasted and Danielle is likely to become a hurricane within the next 24 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the center.
Current computer models predict the most likely track of this system is a northward turn that should take it east of the Caribbean Sea, away from the islands. However, this storm could track more westward than anticipated, increasing the potential for an impact on the northeast Caribbean, which includes the Virgin Islands.
Presently, there is no threat to the Virgin Islands; however, everyone should pay close attention to the progress of this system for any sudden changes. Residents are reminded that we are approaching the peak of the Hurricane Season, when tropical waves exiting the African coast have a higher potential for development and a greater ability to affect our Territory. The public is urged to have all plans and contingency measures in place now, or to make it a priority to get them completed.
The DDM will continue to monitor the system and provide updates where necessary. Please visit the Department of Disaster Management’s website at www.bviddm.com for continuously updated 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 appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.