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VITEMA Closely Monitoring Tropical Weather System

November 11, 2018

ST. CROIX, USVI – According to the National Hurricane Center, “satellite data indicate that a tropical wave located several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles is gradually becoming better defined and continues to produce strong gusty winds mainly to the east of the disturbance.” The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is closely monitoring the developments of this tropical wave. “VITEMA is currently in contact with the National Weather Service (NWS) in San Juan, PR,” said VITEMA Director Mona L. Barnes. “We will remain in contact with the NWS and continue to provide the residents of the territory with updates,” said Barnes.

According to the NWS, “at this time there is still some uncertainty in the forecast. However, the system has no chance of development in the next 48-hours. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 the system is forecasted to travel well north of the territory, bringing moisture and gusty winds between Tuesday and Thursday.”

As VITEMA continues to track the progression of the tropical wave, residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands are advised to:

  • Stay informed using credible sources of information. Continue to monitor local weather reports for possible changes in the forecast.
  • Receive real-time updates on Alert VI, the Territory’s emergency notification system. You can register for Alert VI by visiting this website, the VITEMA site.