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Unstable weather affects BVI, sections lose power

Rain pouring in Road Town on June 19.

Moderate to heavy showers are pouring over the British Virgin Islands — this as the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) advised of ‘unstable weather conditions’ that will affect the territory today (June 19) into tonight.

The DDM said these unstable conditions are the result of an ‘active tropical wave’ exiting the area, and what it described as a ‘mid-upper level trough’.

As the conditions continue, sections of the island of Tortola, including the Road Town capital, has experienced power outages. And, up to press time, power was not restored.

Meanwhile, the DDM said there is a 40 percent chance of showers tonight.

Wind speeds are forecast to range between 15 and 30 miles per hour while the sea activity has been forecast to be ‘moderate’.

These weather conditions have come three weeks into the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Forecasters have predicted some 16 named storms, eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes for the season.

Government has said the territory will be fully prepared by the peak of the hurricane season, which is around August.

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  1. Come on says:

    How come nobody knew it was coming. Was it silent secret weather. Now in the midst of the storm everybody getting advisory. So inefticient

  2. Laughable says:

    We got the text and fb posts when the worse of the weather was over.
    Ddm please get ahold of yourself.
    If you don’t know, the hurricane season has started!

  3. Albion says:

    A little bit shameful that even this small amount of rain is enough to knock out the power countrywide. Does not bode well for the upcoming hurricane season.

  4. hmm says:

    It rained. Why is the power out?

  5. Albion says:

    Power died middle of the afternoon yesterday. We didn’t get serious thunder and lightning until the middle of the night. Our power was knocked out by rain.

  6. Caught unawares says:

    We are in desperate need of a meteorologist in the V. l. Someone who knows the science, has experience and can make proper forecasts. The money to pay such an individual would be money well spent. Right now we either get ‘duringcasts’ or ‘aftercasts’.
    If we are unable to have our own met office then we certainly must see the need to have a close relationship with one in the Caribbean and or Miami. Where we get forecasts for the V.I. We must do better. We deserve better.
    What happened yesterday? We got an advisory while we were in the midst of the thunderstorm and then were told that the weather would last until about 10:00. Where I live there was no bad weather between 6 and 11but I was awakened around 2:00 a.m by thunder, lightning and heavy rain and that went on for a while.
    They got nothing right yesterday. That’s sad and very scary.

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