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Storm warning lifted as Karen moves away | BVI to feel lingering effects, caution urged

The Tropical Storm Warning that had been imposed for the British Virgin Islands has been lifted as Tropical Storm Karen now moves further away from the territory.

The weather system blew moderate and occasionally stronger winds that resulted in power outages across sections of the territory. It also carried rainfall and sea swells on some coasts, inclusive of West End on Tortola. No major damage has been reported.

Meanwhile, in its latest weather advisory, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services placed Tropical Storm Karen at 20.5 degrees north, 65.2 degrees west. In other words, the storm was approximately 148 miles north northwest of the territory. 

“The system is moving toward the north at a speed of 14 miles per hour. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward to 70 miles from the centre keeping the BVI outside the area of convection. However, lingering moisture is still expected to affect the BVI Wednesday into Thursday,” it said.

Exercise caution

The DDM is urging residents to remain cautious despite the improvements to the weather.

“The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services have retained the warnings for hazardous seas. Mariners should stay in port while sea bathers are advised to avoid the waters,” it said.

The DDM continued: “Motorists are asked to exercise caution as they commute while the road clearance crews finalize the removal of any debris from the roadways. Residents should continue to monitor for further updates on the system.”

The BVI is still experiencing overcast weather and scattered showers.

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  1. Had to leave after Irma.. says:

    So happy to hear that there was no major damage and everyone is safe.

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