5TH June 2011 – A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Virgin Islands today through Tuesday afternoon.
A surface convergence boundary located across the Caribbean coastal waters between Puerto Rico and St. Croix will continue to lift north over the next 36 hours, as pressures fall in
response to strong upper level energy rotating around the base of a deep trough located across the western Atlantic. As this occurs, very deep moisture will be drawn northward with very
heavy rainfall expected tonight through Monday afternoon, especially across southeast Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
In addition, waves of low pressure are expected to move across the region from the southwest over the next 72 hours and will help sustain periods of heavy rainfall.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain across the watch area which may lead to flooding. Some roadways have already become flooded making it difficult for motorists.
Persons in low lying areas should be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a Flash
Flood Warning is issued and should continue to be aware of the possibility for heavy rainfall.
Lightning Alerts have been already been detected by Wilkens Weather Technologies in the Great Camanoe area.
The DDM will continue to monitor the weather conditions and advise the public accordingly. Visit the DDM’s website at www.bviddm.com and subscribe to receive updates.