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UPDATE: Flooding reported across Tortola

- Flash Flood Watch in effect
Flood waters in Duff's Bottom, Tortola this morning, October 15, 2017. Photo: Provided
Some amount of flooding at Delta Service Station in Pockwood Pond, Tortola today, October 15, 2017. Photo: Provided
Some amount of flooding at Delta Service Station in Pockwood Pond, Tortola today, October 15, 2017. Photo: Provided
According to the National Hurricane Centre, radar and surface observations from the eastern Caribbean indicate that a broad area of low pressure is gradually approaching the Leeward Islands. Photo: NHC
According to the National Hurricane Centre, radar and surface observations from the eastern Caribbean indicate that a broad area of low pressure is gradually approaching the Leeward Islands. Photo: NHC
Flash flood in Road Town due to heavy rains earlier this week. Photo: VINO
Flash flood in Road Town due to heavy rains earlier this week. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With an active tropical wave producing periodic heavy showers across the area, there have been reports of flooding of several areas on Tortola, Virgin Islands today, October 15, 2017.

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has also issued a flash flood watch for low lying and flood prone areas valid until 2:00 PM this afternoon.

A flash flood watch means that moderate to major flooding is possible but not imminent in the watch area.

DDM stated that residents in low lying and flood prone areas should be prepared to move to higher ground if flooding rains develop or a flash flood warning is issued.

Areas where flooding have been reported include Duff’s Bottom, Pasea Estate, Pockwood Pond, West End and Paraquita Bay.

Active tropical wave

According to the DDM, an active tropical wave is producing periodic heavy showers across the area.

“Already up to 1 inch of rainfall has fallen across parts of the British Virgin Islands. A further 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is possible in the next 6 hours across these islands. Hence, moderate to major flooding of low lying and flood prone areas is possible.”

Residents have been advised to stay tuned to local radio or television for watch updates and possible warnings.

See previous article published October 14, 2017

More bad weather expected this weekend

After experiencing heavy rainfall this week that resulted in rock slides, flooding and early closure of Government offices and schools, the Virgin Islands can also brace for a wet weekend.

According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), a tropical wave is expected to affect the area beginning Saturday October 14, 2017 which will cause unstable weather conditions across the Territory.

Cloudy periods, showers and a moderate chance of thunderstorms can be expected through to Sunday across the Leeward Islands and through Monday morning across the [British] Virgin Islands.

According to the National Hurricane Centre, radar and surface observations from the eastern Caribbean indicate that a broad area of low pressure is gradually approaching the Leeward Islands. 

This low is accompanied by showers and squalls mainly to the east of the center, and this activity is expected to spread westward over the Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands today, Saturday October 14, 2017 and Sunday.

“Upper-level winds are expected to be unfavourable for development during the next couple of days, but the environment could turn favourable for some development early next week when the system begins to move northward and then recurves over the west-central Atlantic Ocean,” the NHC issued at 8:00 AM.

7 Responses to “UPDATE: Flooding reported across Tortola”

  • vex (14/10/2017, 12:49) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    goodness the rain going drown we
  • Purching (14/10/2017, 18:32) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Purching still in process.. God is doing his work. He knows Best...
  • Lighteyes (15/10/2017, 12:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well this is our time. God but is merciful. Hold on BVI.Hold on to life dont give up you all.
  • wake up (15/10/2017, 15:14) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some people that have not humble them self will say it's just the season but those that have no it's God trying to get our attention
  • pat (15/10/2017, 19:10) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    maybe it will make people think twice about how they cut and develop hills, fill ponds and mangroves without a way for water to escape
  • pat (15/10/2017, 19:25) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Whether for leather


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