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Tropical Storm Irma strengthens as it approaches the VI

Residents are strongly urged to monitor the tropical storm very closely as it approaches the territory as it has the potential to become a hurricane over the next 2-3 days as it moves westward across the open Atlantic. Photo: DDM
A damaged road in the wake of a tropical storm that hit the territory on August 7, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
A damaged road in the wake of a tropical storm that hit the territory on August 7, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) announced today, August 30, 2017 that Tropical storm Irma is forming in the western Atlantic and as a result it may affect the Virgin Islands (VI) as it continues to strengthen.

Residents are strongly urged to monitor the tropical storm very closely as it approaches the territory as it has the potential to become a hurricane over the next 2-3 days as it moves westward across the open Atlantic

According to DDM, “At 5:00 P.M. Irma was located at 16.4 degrees north, 31.2 degrees west or about 480 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving at a westerly direction at 15 miles per hour. Irma is displaying increasingly organised symmetric and interlocking rain bands with a well-defined outflow with winds now at 60 miles per hour.”

The forecast track takes Irma near the northeast Caribbean next Wednesday; however, it is too early to determine the specific areas of impact.

The Department of Disaster Management are advising residents who were severely affected by the August 7, 2017 flash flood to take extra precautionary measures by assessing their homes, businesses and their surroundings to determine what measures or actions need to be taken in the event that Irma impacts the Territory. 

The department further stated that preparation is key during this time in any event that the storm hits the territory.

“Persons within coastal communities, boaters and sea bathers should also be aware of the possibility of significant swells on the north shore, from Friday into the weekend, as a result of the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey.  In addition, considering the forecast strength of Tropical Storm Irma coastal communities could also be affected by large swells and storm surge,” said the DDM.

13 Responses to “Tropical Storm Irma strengthens as it approaches the VI”

  • Lord o (30/08/2017, 19:15) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Irma is the real deal people. We getting touch up.. No if no buts no maybys...We have to set we self straight.. Lord O... Again..
  • Just saying (30/08/2017, 19:51) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    We cant take another
  • Ty (30/08/2017, 20:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ty for this because a lot of ppl don't go search other news site for stuff like this
  • huh (30/08/2017, 21:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    DDM?
    • please (31/08/2017, 07:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are you subscribed to the DDM for updates or their FB page, they have been talking about this storm since the getgo.
      • Irma (31/08/2017, 09:36) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
        DDM is a waste. They could have killed so many unprepared persons. They are an embarrassment to this country. It's sad they were useless on August Monday when everybody park they dam car in town.
  • cay (30/08/2017, 21:37) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    rain rain go away this is my school day
  • officer (30/08/2017, 23:46) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    In the name of jesus u shall lift. Or be cast down
  • just wrong (31/08/2017, 08:12) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Curious to know where the DDM is getting their information. Haven't seen a map anyplace else projecting so far in advance. Right now it seems there is great uncertainty if she will go north, south, or directly at us.
    • Observer (31/08/2017, 11:02) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      I've been wondering the same thing...according to all the advisories I've seen none of them are predicting so far in advance. Some of the models are showing an eventual northward turn and some show a southward one. All of them, however, say that it is much too early to definitively say which path it will follow. The DDM strikes again? As they are supposed to be an 'after the fact MANAGEMENT team', and not in the business of prediction, I wish they would stop issuing these so called warnings that only get people worked up and are invariably are wrong.
    • wongchichi (31/08/2017, 16:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      It is a possible path if it stays on course. You rather wait till it round the corner and then nobody is prepared. That is the model that puts us in the path of the storm. We should be taking precautions. Then if it doesnt change course or if it changes course right on top of us it becomes a cry because ddm didn't give you a week notice to prepare.
      That's the problem we just complain bout everything under the sun.
    • cin (01/09/2017, 08:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so right.. there are no models like this.. Nice scare tactic though
  • bojan (31/08/2017, 14:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    small islands have nowhere to run and the weather man always loose track of the storm in the small islands.more over only some part of Purcell ghut been clean only under the road by delta and some by Brewley shop


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