September 9th, 2018 – The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) continues to issue advisories on multiple systems in the Atlantic.
The focus is on Tropical Storm Isaac as it has the potential of affecting the British Virgin Islands later next week.
Residents and Visitors should continue expedite preparations as Tropical Storm Isaac is projected to be a hurricane upon approaching the Lesser Antilles.
Now is a good time to review your hurricane and family emergency plans to ensure all your necessities are available.
According to the NHC, at 5PM, the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 40.3 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h) and is expected to accelerate during the next 36 hours.
A westward motion is forecast to continue through the end of the week, with Isaac expected to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Wednesday night or Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast, and Isaac is expected to become a hurricane tonight. Weakening is anticipated to begin by the middle of the week while Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb (29.44 inches).
The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) will continue to monitor the systems and provide updates accordingly. The next Advisory will be issued at 1100 PM.
Persons at home and abroad are encouraged to download the DDM’s Alert app in the Apple App store or Google Play store to receive updates of any hazards affecting the territory.
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.