Jerry has now weakened from a category two to a category one hurricane.
Despite this, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said in its latest weather advisory that the territory will still be affected.
“At this current speed, the hurricane is expected to pass north of the BVI around Saturday. Aircraft reconnaissance has indicated maximum sustained winds have decreased to 85 miles per hour, making Jerry a category one hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend 15 miles from the centre with tropical-storm-force winds extending out 80 miles from the centre,” the DDM said.
It continued: “Although the hurricane is expected to pass north of the BVI, forecasters maintain the potential for heavy rainfall across the territory with isolated amounts between four to six inches possible in Anegada and one to three inches in other parts of the territory.”
In the meantime, hazardous seas this afternoon is also likely, the advisory indicated.
“The High Surf Warning that was issued from this morning is still in effect. There is also the potential that gusty winds from rain bands could be experienced as Hurricane Jerry passes north of the Territory,” it added.
As of 11 am on Friday, Hurricane Jerry was located at latitude 18.8 North, longitude 60.3 West or approximately 270 miles away from the British Virgin Islands.
It is currently moving at 17 miles per hour.
“Persons should continue to monitor the hurricane as it progresses. Beach users should exercise extreme caution and avoid swimming activities as the potential for rip currents, and other dangerous sea conditions exist,” the DDM advised.
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