Intermittent Showers, Gusty Winds to Begin Impacting the VI at 2 AM Friday; Flash Flood Watch in Effect from 2 AM Friday to 8 AM Saturday


A tropical wave, Invest 96L, is continuing it west northwest track and is forecasted to impact the Virgin Islands with intermittent heavy showers and gusty winds beginning at 2 a.m. Friday and lasting through most of the day Friday, according the National Weather Service at San Juan. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting 3 to 6 inches of rain with higher amounts in isolated areas and wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour possible on Friday. Marine conditions are also expected to deteriorate beginning at  9 p.m. tonight.

 A Flash Flood Watch goes into effect for the Virgin Islands from 2 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.  A Small Craft Advisory also goes into effect at 9 p.m. this evening to midnight Saturday.

Conditions are expected to improve by Friday evening, however, the Virgin Islands may continue to experience scatter showers through Saturday morning.

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.