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TROPICAL STORM MARIA MOVING AWAY FROM THE VI;FLASH FLOOD WATCH STILL IN EFFECT

TROPICAL STORM MARIA MOVING AWAY FROM THE VI;FLASH FLOOD WATCH STILL IN EFFECT

September 12, 2011567Views

Current Location: 20.8N/66.3W

Geographic Reference: 165 miles north of San Juan, PR

Movement: Northwest at 9 mph

Maximum Winds: 60 mph gusting to 75 mph

Forecast

5:00am Maria will continue moving to the northwest over the next 24-36 hours, then begin a gradual turn to the north on Tuesday. Maria will then increase in forward speed and turn to the northeast by late Wednesday. On this track, Maria will pass west of Bermuda early Thursday, then near Newfoundland late Friday.

 

Synopsis: Clouds associated with tropical storm Maria are still entrenched over the northeast Caribbean.

Wx: Skies over the British Virgin Islands will be cloudy to overcast with occasional showers. Outbreaks of thunderstorms are also likely. Some of the showers could lead to flash flooding in low lying areas. A flash flood watch is in effect until 6 pm today. A Flash flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding in flood-prone areas where grounds are already saturated from recent rains.

Winds: South and southwest 10 -14 kts with some lighter spells tonight.

Seas: Slight to moderate swells 3- 4 ft or 1 – 1.2 m on the Caribbean Seas side of the islands and up to 7 ft or 2.1 M on the Atlantic side. Small Craft Advisory remains in effect until late tonight.

Residents and visitors should continue to monitor the weather conditions in the event the Flash Flood Watch has to be upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning at short notice.

The Department of Disaster Management will continue to monitor the weather conditions and provide updates accordingly. Please visit the DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com and subscribe to the notification link to receive further updates.

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.