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VITEMA Alerts Warn of Hazardous Storm Conditions on St. Croix

October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021 – The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) along with the VI Department of Public Works, The VI Police Department and VI Fire Services responded Wednesday, October 13 throughout the evening and into the morning hours to reports of partial flooding taking place in downtown Frederiksted and surrounding areas on St. Croix. The storms resulted in minor cleanup and infrastructure including power, roads, telecommunications, and internet service were all operational.

At 8:10 pm Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service in San Juan Puerto Rico issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for St. Croix effective until 11:15 pm AST. Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms which had dropped up to 4 inches of rain across western St. Croix, with and additional 1 to 2 inches expected over night. Precautionary and preparedness actions were advised.

A flood warning was initiated by VITEMA at 8:22 pm via the ALERT VI mass notification network and through its social media channels, informing residents and businesses of impending heavy rain and hazardous traffic conditions throughout all low-lying areas.

VITEMA will continue to monitor weather conditions as the chance for additional heavy rain and diminishing marine conditions are forecast for the area over the course of the next several days.

For additional emergency preparedness information, please Register today for ALERT VI and stay informed. Be Prepared - Stay Informed - Be Vigilant - 340-773-2244 St Croix - 340-774-2244 St. Thomas - 340-776-2244 St. John