Governor Augustus Jaspert is advising residents to remain on alert and brace for stormy weather because Tropical Storm Dorian is still expected to affect the BVI even though forecasters said the weather system will pass south of the territory.
“It may be tempting to consider this forecast as a miss, or a relief. But, even if Dorian does not pass over the territory directly, I would remind all residents that the BVI may still see impacts from this system,” Governor Jaspert said in a public statement issued Monday evening.
He gave this advisory while noting that weather experts typically focus on the centre of storms when making forecasts. Notwithstanding the centre, Governor Jaspert said the outer bands of a weather system can still be very dangerous.
“Already, Dorian’s winds can be felt up to 45 miles from its centre. If it strengthens as expected, that distance would likely increase,” Governor Jaspert reasoned.
He has, therefore, urged residents to continue to their preparations ahead of Dorian, whose effects the BVI is expected to begin feeling later today, Tuesday, August 27.
He said preparations should include properly storing important documents, resupplying essential goods, checking on emergency stores, and reviewing family and business emergency plans.
“I would especially encourage residents to make time today to inspect their properties, homes and businesses to ensure that if there are any needed preparation repairs or clearing up of debris to be done, that they will have the time to do them before Tuesday evening,” Governor Jaspert said.
High probability more storms will follow Dorian
He also warned of the high probability of other tropical storms developing in the region after Dorian passes.
He said the probability is higher since the coming month is considered to be the most active parts of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
“Historically speaking, September, which is just a few days away, brings the warmest sea surface temperatures and with it, the most storms when compared to other months in the season,” the Governor explained.
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