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TROPICAL STORM DORIAN INCREASES IN STRENGTH

TROPICAL STORM DORIAN INCREASES IN STRENGTH

The 5PM advisory issued by the National Hurricane Centre, Miami has indicated strengthening with Dorian. Additional watches and warnings have been issued.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Tropical Storm Watches have been issued for Martinique, Grenada and its sister islands

At 500 PM, the centre of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 11.5 North, longitude 54.2 West. Dorian is moving toward the west near 14 mph, and this motion should continue through tonight.  A turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Monday, with this motion continuing through Tuesday night.  On the forecast track, the centre of Dorian is expected to be near the Windward Islands late Monday or early Tuesday and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts.  Additional strengthening is expected during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength by Tuesday over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the centre.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb.

Impact on the British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands could begin experiencing wind gusts as early as Tuesday evening.

Rain bands and Squall like conditions from Dorian is expected however, this information is subject to change as the system get closer.

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.

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.