28th August 2019 – At 1100 AM AST, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 17.5 North, longitude 64.5 West. Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph, and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or two. On this track, Dorian should move near the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and then continue over the open Atlantic well east of the southeastern Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. Dorian is forecast to become a hurricane later today and continue strengthening during the next few days over the Atlantic waters. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles primarily to the east of the centre.
An Air Force plane just estimated a minimum central pressure of 999 mb.
Impact on the British Virgin Islands
- British Virgin Islands can experience hurricane force winds through tomorrow morning
- Rainfall estimates in the range of 4 – 6 inches with isolated amounts of 10 inches are possible in some areas.
- Seas,1 to 3.1meters or 7 to 10 feet; Warnings are in effect for hazardous marine conditions and small craft operators are advised to remain in port.
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.
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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.