September 8th 2018 5PM – The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) continues to issue advisories on Florence, Helene and Isaac. Current information projects Florence to have low probability of affecting the British Virgin Islands so attention will be placed on Tropical Storm Helene and newly formed Tropical Storm Isaac which was tropical depression Nine.
Both systems are showing signs of further development. Presently, Isaac appears to have the potential of becoming an immediate threat to the Territory.
Residents and visitors should continue to 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.
Tropical Storm Isaac is near 14.5 North, 36.6 West and is moving West near 7 mph. Movement is to the West North West however, a westward motion is expected today. Maximum sustained winds are around 40 mph. Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles. The NHC states that this system has the potential to become a hurricane by Monday.
Tropical Storm Helene is located along 13.6 North 21.7 West. Maximum sustained winds are 60 mph with Tropical Storm Helene moving West near 13 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend out to 60 miles from the centre.
The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) will continue to monitor the systems and provide updates accordingly.
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.
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 credited to the National Hurricane Centre
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.