V.I. Weather Update: Brief Showers, Breezy. Did You Feel the Earthquake?

A band of low-level moisture, moving into the local area, could generate one or two trade wind showers today. Showers will be brief, and will yield only minor rainfall. Breezy conditions are expected with winds averaging 20 miles per hour with higher gusts. High temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80’s.

Choppy seas to six feet are forecast across the Caribbean waters near St. Croix, the offshore Atlantic waters, and the waters of the Anegada Passage. Across St. Thomas and St. John, seas to five feet are expected. Easterly winds will prevail at 15-20 knots (17-23 miles per hour) and small craft operators should exercise caution. There is a moderate risk of rip currents for most beaches on St. Croix and across Botany Beach on St. Thomas.

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter Scale was reported on Monday night at 7:38 pm. The epicenter was located approximately 80 miles north of St. Thomas at a depth of 54 miles. There were no reports of damage, and no tsunami advisories, watches or warnings were issued.