Public servants in the British Virgin Islands will not be required to report for work on Friday, September 19, as the territory braces for the impending impact of Hurricane Jerry.
Deputy Premier and Minister of Labour, Vincent Wheatley, told BVI News on Thursday that these government employees can now utilize the time to ready themselves and their families in the event of a direct impact.
“Hurricane Jerry is projected to pass to the north of us so just as a precaution the government decided to err on the side of caution and get ready for it in case it changes direction,” Wheatley said.
Friday’s closure does not apply to essential services workers such as police, prison officers, Water & Sewerage workers, Fire & Rescue officers, electricity workers, telecommunication workers, healthcare providers, transportation services workers and those from port services.
Advice to residents
In the meantime, Wheatley is urging residents to be prepared for the looming weather event.
“Be ready and stay ready because we are in the middle of the hurricane season. Get your hurricane supplies on hand, listen to the radio for advisories,” he said.
Jerry to pass close to BVI, Anegada closest to storm’s path
In its latest weather advisory, the Department of Disaster Management’s (DDM) said Hurricane Jerry has increased its maximum sustained winds from 50 miles per hour to 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.
The DDM further said Jerry is expected to be impacted in the early hours of Saturday and dump up to six inches of rain on the sister island of Anegada. So far, Anegada appears to be the closest to Hurricane’s Jerry’s projected path when compared to other islands in the territory.
Meanwhile, forecasters have said the extent of Jerry’s impact on the BVI depends on the deviation of the hurricane.
“The centre of Jerry will be near or north of the British Virgin Islands on Saturday. But if Jerry deviates from its current track a bit further south, conditions will be further enhanced across the territory,” the DDM said on Thursday.
At the time of the update, Hurricane Jerry was located approximately 490 miles east of the Leeward Islands.
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