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Hurricane 'Florence' not a threat to VI—DDM

Hurricane 'Florence' not a threat to VI. Photo: DDM
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Hurricane Florence has evolved into the first major hurricane for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season but does not currently pose a threat to the Territory, since the weather system is currently 1,100 miles away and forecast to travel north.

Residents of the Virgin Islands (VI) are being cautioned nonetheless, to monitor two additional systems currently developing, that shows the “potential to reach the Caribbean.”

As such, residents of the VI are being urged, according to a public statement issued today, September 6, 2018, by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) that, “preparations should be expedited and persons should begin reviewing their family emergency plans and emergency kits to ensure they have all the items needed.”

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) is issuing advisories on a number of systems, “three in particular are being monitored by forecasters in this region,” according to the DDM missive.

Florence, according to NHC's readings was, at 05:00 AM today, 1100 miles East North East of the VI with its movement forecast towards the North West, with maximum sustained winds at 115 mph.

Hurricane force winds extend outward of 15 miles from the centre while tropical storm force winds extend up to 90 miles.

According to the DDM, on current track, Florence poses no threat to the VI however, “we will continue to monitor Florence for any changes.”

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