September 5, 20173908Views

Tropical Storm Jose, the 10th tropical storm of the season has developed near latitude 12.3 degrees North, longitude 39.1 degrees West.

The National Hurricane Centre in its 11:00 o’clock advisory said Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph and a movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose

could become a hurricane by Friday.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

Meantime, category 5 Hurricane Irma with winds of 180 miles per hour with higher gusts moves closer to the islands.  At 11:00 a.m. it was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 58.4 West.

Hurricane Irma will move into the area today causing weather conditions to significantly deteriorate later this evening into tonight and tomorrow. Hurricane warning remains in effect the BVI.

Please continue to finalise hurricane preparations and continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website ( and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates and preparedness tips.

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.