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Another tropical wave floods sections of Tortola

There was flooding in areas such as Duff’s Bottom (left) and Pockwood Pond (right). Reno Mittelholzer posted the Duff’s Bottom photo on social media, while Joseph Wells posted the other

Sections of Tortola have been flooded again.

Relatively heavy rainfall last night into this morning caused flooding in areas such as Duff’s Bottom and the vicinity of Delta Gas Station in Pockwood Pond.

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said the weather condition is being influenced by a tropical wave and a deep layer trough.

“Possible rainfall total for the forecast period is 5 to 20mm (0.20 to 0.78 inch),” DDM added.

It forecasts that today will be partly sunny, with a 70 percent or high chance of showers and 40 percent or moderate chance of thunderstorms.

The DDM predicts that tonight will be partly cloudy to cloudy, with a 70 percent or high chance of showers and 40 percent or moderate chance of thunderstorms. Winds are southeasterly at 7 to 22 km/h or 4 to 12 knots, with lighter spells at times. The seas will be moderate, with heights not exceeding 1.2 meters or not exceeding 4 feet.

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been experiencing a series of flooding this year, with the first major one happening during a tropical wave two months ago. Government said the territory received some 17 inches of rainfall during that August 7 tropical wave.

Since then, the territory has been at the adverse end of an active hurricane season. It has been affected by category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria, with the former causing widespread devastation.

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