Flash Flood Watch in Effect through Saturday Morning for the US Virgin Islands

The National Weather Service in San Juan has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the US Virgin Islands and all of Puerto Rico from late tonight through Saturday morning.   A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain across the watch area, which may lead to flooding.
A strong tropical wave will approach the local islands late tonight into Friday and expected to produce numerous showers with thunderstorms across the region associated with this wave.  Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall are possible late tonight through at least Saturday morning across the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with an increasing potential for urban and flash flooding. Rainfall totals between 4 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts are possible, according to the National Weather Service.
Based on the latest hurricane center guidance, environmental conditions are expected to be conductive for development during the next couple of days while the system moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

The public is advised to stay informed and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a flash flood warning is issued.  In the event of heavy rainfall, avoid low lying areas and be careful when approaching dips along roadways.  Heavy rains could also cause mudslides in areas of steep terrain.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather radio, local TV, radio or monitor VI Alert for later statements and possible warnings.
VITEMA will provide updated weather information as it becomes available.