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UPDATE: MORE SHOWERS…POSSIBLE HEAVIER DOWN POURS THIS AFTERNOON

UPDATE: MORE SHOWERS…POSSIBLE HEAVIER DOWN POURS THIS AFTERNOON

November 19, 20171260Views

According to the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service, the presence of a weak trough, along with a moist and unstable atmosphere will continue to heighten the chance of showers over the British Virgin Islands. Satellite imagery has been showing quite a lot of low and high level clouds over the Virgin Islands, particularly the British Virgin Islands.

The models are also suggesting that the moisture and instability associated with a weak trough currently over the British Virgin Islands will be further enhanced by the tail of a frontal trough that is expected to advance further east into the area. Therefore, for the remainder of the day and tomorrow, shower and thunderstorm activity will remain high over the British Virgin Islands. With daytime heating being strongest in the afternoon, these showers could be enhanced.

No watches or warnings have been issued however the Met Office will continue to monitor the conditions and advise accordingly. Flash Flood Watches or Warnings can be issued at short notice. Therefore residents should take the necessary precautions as the territory is highly saturated and any major duration of showers could enhance flooding.

In addition, with the soils in the Territory already saturated, additional rainfall can cause ponding on roads, extreme hillside water run-off, increased mudslides and falling rocks.

Residents are urged to exercise caution while driving and pay close attention to undermined sections of roads.

Do not attempt to drive in fast moving water and caution should be exercised while driving across roads that are not visible due to flooding.

Residents are also urged to exercise caution driving across ponded roads as holes that are not visible may be deep and can cause damage to vehicles or injury.

The Department of Disaster Management will continue to monitor the weather conditions and provide updates when necessary.

Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website at   bviddm.com) and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular 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.