24th August 2019 at 5:00 PM – Tropical Depression Five has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Dorian. Persons living in British Virgin Islands should monitor the progress of this storm.
At 500 PM, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC ) the centre of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 10.7 North, longitude 49.1 West. Dorian is moving toward the west near 12 mph and this general motion is expected to continue tonight. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Sunday, and that motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is expected to be near the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the centre.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).
Impact on the British Virgin Islands
No definitive information at this time however, depending on Dorian’s path watches or warnings maybe issued for the territory.
What to do
Keep monitoring the system as it progresses further eastward for any change in its path and intensity.
Review your family plans and check for items you may need, check your homes, shutters, drainage paths or specific areas. This is will avoid trying to do and remember certain activities at last minute.
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.
Image courtesy of the NHC
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