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UPDATE: Hurricane warning issued for VI

September 5th, 2017 | Tags: Hurricane Watch Irma DDM advisory Category 3 hurricane
Hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area within 24-36 hours. Image: DDM
Hurricane watches have been posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Monserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Martin, Guadeloupe and the [British] Virgin Islands. The hurricane is pictured from above on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Hurricane watches have been posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Monserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Martin, Guadeloupe and the [British] Virgin Islands. The hurricane is pictured from above on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
The latest projection of Hurricane Irma released by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM). Photo: DDM
The latest projection of Hurricane Irma released by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM). Photo: DDM
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has issued a Hurricane Warning for the [British] Virgin Islands.

Hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area within 24-36 hours.

In its 11:00 P.M. advisory, Monday August 4, 2017 the National Hurricane Centre, said data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 miles per hour (mph) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

At 11:00 p.m. Irma was located near latitude 16.7 degrees North, longitude 55.6 degrees West. The category 4 hurricane is moving towards the west near 13 mph and this general motion is expected to continue into Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest late Tuesday.

On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move approximately 42 miles north east of the Virgin Islands on Wednesday.

See previous article published September 4, 2017

VI under Hurricane Watch!

The Virgin Islands has been placed on Hurricane Watch as Irma approaches as a dangerous category 3 hurricane that is picking up speed as it tracks westward.

As of 11:00 A.M. today September 4, 2017, the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorologist Services issued a Hurricane Watch for the territory.

Based on forecaster’s latest tracking, the center of Irma may pass very near or over the northern Leeward Islands and Virgin Islands on Wednesday September 6, 2017 which will produce destructive wind and torrential rain across the region, according to an update on the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) website today, September 4, 2017.

It said that, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), at 11 A.M., the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 53 West. Irma is moving toward the west-southwest near 12 mph.

As hurricane Irma approaches the Caribbean region, its maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph (195km/h) with higher gusts. On the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, hurricane Irma is still a category 3 hurricane.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).

The eye of hurricane Irma is projected to pass approximately 35 miles North East of Road Town.

The latest minimum central pressure estimated from data received by the reconnaissance aircraft is 944 mb.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds in an area.

21 Responses to “UPDATE: Hurricane warning issued for VI”

  • one eye (04/09/2017, 12:26) Like (10) Dislike (53) Reply
    Pray will not help us
  • dog (04/09/2017, 12:56) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    people clean around their houses yet? the trash and old cars that can fly and kill someone? store water? clean guts and trees and brush around buildings? even sand bag around foundations? Pay attention folks!
  • KHOY (04/09/2017, 12:58) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
    Jesus take the wheel.....
  • E. Leonard (04/09/2017, 15:02) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    Forceful winds, heavy rainfall (flooding), and strong storm surges can result in death, severe injuries or catastrophic property damages. Prepare and take hurricanes seriously. Unlike earthquakes, tornados......,,,etc and with technological advances, hurricane provide advance warning. As such take advanatage of the advance warnings to battle down the hatches to protect life and to prevent or minimize property damages. Regrettably, the crew of Fancy Me, a BVI schooner that supposedly ran into a gale (as hurricane was known in those days) in July 1926 while leaving Santo Domingo for Tortola did not have benefit of advance technology to precisely locate a storm. Some 50+ Virgin Islanders lost their lives in that disastrous voyage. Heed the warnings, save lives, stay safe.
  • sandyp (04/09/2017, 15:10) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    prayers for the BVIs....particularly Roadtown where we have friends!!
  • I'm ready (04/09/2017, 15:46) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can goods, water, flash lights, etc. Also get one of the large ice chest you can fill with ice to put your meats and other stuff that has to be kept on ice in the event you lose your power.
  • Chance (04/09/2017, 16:05) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Prayer always change things. Prayer will always help. The question is do you know how to prayer.
  • Snuffy (04/09/2017, 17:48) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    Were can i poop?
  • Musa up (04/09/2017, 22:24) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Drinking ma rum in de eye of the hurricane
    • Cat 5. Landlords.. (05/09/2017, 06:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wow. Wow.. Hope landlord get carpenters to board their apartments where Tennant paying rent.. Lots of Landlord don't like nails in their building.. This is serious though.
  • he he (04/09/2017, 23:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    musa dislike
  • WHY? (05/09/2017, 05:34) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Prayer hmmm. Who made the storm. Who made it strong. Who set its Path...? Protect yourself, your family and your property.. Stop been Naïve...
  • Florida (05/09/2017, 05:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Florida seems to be taking this thing more serious than us and are in full preparation mood...though the storm is a week away... When I watch the News I'm stunned to see Big Florida out of bottle drinking water. Have customers going from store to store looking for bottle water in frustration.... Wow...Demand more than supply
    • Florida (05/09/2017, 21:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We are panicking! Praying alternating with preparing. Water is being bought by the pallets. The big box stores and supermarkets cannot stock enough. Most of us here are familiar with hurricanes and after seeing what happened with Hurricane Harvey in nearby Texas last week....oh yeah, we are on full alert. You stay safe my family ...
  • Frighten.... (05/09/2017, 08:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm just about ready to crap my pants......lol
  • Help (05/09/2017, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Landlords....look after your places where you collect rent. Don't have a monkey hand. Love and take care of what you have.pleaseeeee
  • Frenchmans cay (06/09/2017, 05:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    "One eye" & "cay". Yes, God may just be cleansing the earth right now to humble us all good and bad. Take note that Irma is at full strenght headed for us. The likes of a hurricane that we have never seed before. Hugo, Marilyn, most recent flooding were all warrnings that we need to get our lives right. Every so often God has to remind us of what community means, that worldly possessions mean nothing, and that God is always in control. Events like this puts us on our knees and helps us recall what that grace of God means. To say prayer does not help lets me know u do not have a relationship with God or that you have lost your faith. Either way, i pray for all who are in the path of Irma. I pray for no loss of life. I pray for unity among us all after this is over and beyond. I pray we emerge victorious and triumphant. I pray we learn that before and after GOD WILL REMAIN!


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