A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the British Virgin Islands by the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services in anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen.
The Department of Disaster Management’s (DDM) 11 o’clock weather update published September 23 stated that Karen is expected to affect the BVI by Tuesday, September 24.
“On the forecast track, the centre of Karen will move across the eastern Caribbean Sea today, and pass near or over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday morning,” the DDM stated.
It further said, “The centre of Tropical Storm Karen was located near latitude 14.9 North, longitude 64.8 West. Karen is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph, and this general motion is forecast to continue today. A turn toward the north is expected by Tuesday.”
The tropical storm was reported as having maximum sustained winds nearing 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. It is also expected to see a minimal overall change in strength during the next two days.
The DDM also said that tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the centre of Karen.
Impact on the territory
As a result of this latest weather prediction, the BVI is expected to experience possible rainfall amounts of two to four inches with isolated amounts six inches, which may vary as Karen approaches the territory.
Coastal flooding is also a possibility and rough sea conditions are expected especially on southern shores. The gusting of winds is expected due to tropical forced winds.
The DDM continues to urge all person to continue monitoring all updates of the storm as it progresses closer to the territory.