At 5 pm, the center of Tropical Storm Laura was located near latitude 17.1 North, longitude 61.2 West or about 223 miles east southeast of the British Virgin Islands. Laura is moving toward the west near 17 mph, and a generally west-northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.
On the forecast track, the center of Laura will move near or over Puerto Rico & the British Virgin Islands on Saturday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the centre.
Rainfall: 3–6 inches during the passing of the storm
Winds: Tropical storm force winds of 45 mph with higher gusts
Storm Surge: Flooding and debris on coastal roads, especially on south-facing shores
Seas: Small Craft Warning in effect and seas will continue to deteriorate. Small craft should stay in port
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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