September 19, 20191273Views

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

19th September 2019 – At 5AM, the center of Tropical Storm Jerry was located near latitude 16.0 North, longitude 53.2 West or approximately 779 miles east south east of the British Virgin Islands. Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph.  A west-northwest motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected over the next few days.  On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will be near or north of the British Virgin Islands on Saturday however forecasters have indicated if Jerry deviates from its current track a bit further south conditions will be further enhanced across the territory.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph with higher gusts.  Jerry is forecast to become a hurricane on Thursday, with little change in strength anticipated on Friday or Saturday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb.

Impact on the British Virgin Islands

  • Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches higher amounts possible.
  • Rough sea conditions especially on northern coasts
  • Gusty winds

What to do

Keep monitoring the system as it progresses further westward 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 you 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.

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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.