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TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE STRENGHTENS

TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE STRENGHTENS

August 5, 2012615Views

TIME/DATE: 1:00PM Sunday 05 August 2012

POSITION: 16.5N 35.6W or about 770 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.

MOVEMENT: West at 15Mph.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 58Mph gusts 70Mph. 

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 1001mb or 29.56 inches. 

DISCUSSION: Tropical Storm Florence is churning over the open Atlantic waters as it continues in a westerly direction. No further strengthening is forecast as the system will be moving over slightly cooler weather and will move into an area of higher vertical wind shear later Monday into Tuesday. The stronger vertical wind shear will combine with drier air to weaken the system significantly, causing it to become post-tropical late in the week to the north of the Caribbean. 

The present long range forecast indicates that Florence will not be a threat to the Virgin Islands however, as the system has not passed the territory, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates where necessary.  Please visit the DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com and subscribe for future 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 appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.