The National Weather Service is forecasting the potential for severe weather over the next few days as an area of deep tropical moisture with favorable conditions for thunderstorms moves slowly northward across the Virgin Islands.
The pattern of unsettled weather is expected to remain over the Virgin Islands for the next 48 hours ─ through Thursday ─ and conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfall. According to the National Weather Service, the Territory should see the worst of this system on Wednesday.
The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Public Works are urging residents to monitor VI Alert for severe weather alerts and notifications, as well as local media reports.
“With the soils already saturated by three major storms within the last three to four months, residents should be aware that conditions are favorable for flash flooding,” VITEMA Director-Designee Elton Lewis said. “We’re asking residents to begin to take all the necessary precautionary measures.”
Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls reminds motorists to proceed with extreme caution along the roadways and to avoid driving through pooled water which may be covering large potholes and sinkholes.
“Our roads are still heavily damaged from the previous storms and we’re urging motorists to use extreme caution, particularly in areas prone to flooding,” Smalls said.