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Public schools closed; Staggered closure to Public Service today

- Only essential & critical government department workers to report for duty as depression approaches
Tropical Storm Karen has downgraded to a depression but is still expected to bring heavy rains to the Virgin Islands today, Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Photo: iStock/File
The Virgin Islands, along with the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico, remains under a tropical storm warning, despite Karen now downgraded to a depression. Photo: wlox.com
The Virgin Islands, along with the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico, remains under a tropical storm warning, despite Karen now downgraded to a depression. Photo: wlox.com
According to Acting Governor Mr David D. Archer, while Tropical Storm Karen was downgraded to a tropical depression, this system carries the potential to bring considerable rain to the territory from as early as Tuesday morning, September 24, 2019. Photo: GIS/File
According to Acting Governor Mr David D. Archer, while Tropical Storm Karen was downgraded to a tropical depression, this system carries the potential to bring considerable rain to the territory from as early as Tuesday morning, September 24, 2019. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Based on information from the 11:00pm weather update on September 23, 2019, Government is advising that only workers from essential services and critical government departments including Information Technology, waste management, public works and social care providers report for work on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

According to Acting Governor Mr David D. Archer, he has been reviewing the information the Department of Disaster Management has shared from the forecasters and noticed significant variances in the forecasts.

Mr Archer noted that it is clear that while Tropical Storm Karen was downgraded to a tropical depression, this system carries the potential to bring considerable rain to the territory from as early as Tuesday morning.

“This is a time when you would ordinarily be dropping off your children at school or commuting from the Sister Islands to work or school. This concerns me.”

Mr Archer, in an earlier statement, had announced that public schools would be closed on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

“With the great uncertainty of the amount of rainfall and following our legal obligation, we must adopt a “better safe than sorry” approach. All the data says we should be concerned about flooding and landslides. I am strongly urging the private sector to make a decision about working hours that is in the best interest of their employees and in the spirit of my message.”

Mr Archer also noted that although a decision was made to stagger the closure of the public service on Tuesday September 24, 2019, “current conditions do not require us to implement a territory wide curfew at this time.”

The VI, along with the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico remain under a tropical storm warning.

4 Responses to “Public schools closed; Staggered closure to Public Service today”

  • Yes (24/09/2019, 04:46) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Much better planning. This the way. No rush and hasty decision that cost us more millions.
  • Mikeee (24/09/2019, 06:37) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Way better than last time...
  • OH WOW (24/09/2019, 09:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I miss mr herbert on morning devotion because he was better at this
  • opposition (24/09/2019, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
    We need apologies from the governor and premier for goofing up big time with the last storm


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