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Premier Fahie calls for vigilance ahead of Tropical Cyclone

Premier Fahie calls for vigilance ahead of Tropical Cyclone

With the possibility that the Virgin Islands could feel some effects of a passing tropical cyclone, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has urged the people of the Virgin Islands to be in a state of preparedness in the event of further development.

“People of the Virgin Islands, I want all of us to continue to be in a state of preparedness where we remain vigilant in the event that there is any further development that could lead to a storm warning for us. As always, your Government urges you to be ready and stay ready as this potential system approaches,” Premier Fahie urged in a statement on August 9, 2021.

He said persons should consider getting their properties secured and conduct regular checks on persons within their neighbourhoods.

“For Government’s part, we have been working diligently this season to clear debris, activate our plans, and do all in our power to protect the Virgin Islands, all while continuing to take steps to minimise the impact of COVID-19.”

According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), the disturbance is forecast to reach portions of the Lesser Antilles tonight, then move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, and be near Hispaniola around the middle of this week.

As of the latest Department of Disaster Management’s update for Tuesday, August 10, 2021, the cyclone is located at the coordinates 15.7N 62.2W which is approximately 214 miles east-south-east off Road Town, 65 miles south-west of Guadeloupe and 330 miles east-south-east of Ponce, Puerto Rico.


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As of the latest Department of Disaster Management’s update for Tuesday, August 10, 2021, the cyclone is located at the coordinates 15.7N 62.2W which is approximately 214 miles east-south-east off Road Town, 65 miles south-west of Guadeloupe and 330 miles east-south-east of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

It has a wind speed of 35 mph, and its pressure is recorded to be 29.83" 1010 MB, heading west-north-west at 17 mph.

Showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are anticipated in the territory during the next 24 hours as the outer bands of the cyclone passes.

Meanwhile, Governor John J. Rankin CMG also issued a call to residents to be vigilant and prepared ahead of any possible impact stemming from the passage of Tropical Cyclone 6.

He said even if this system does not develop to reach the threshold of a tropical storm, it is likely that the VI will see some winds and rain associated with this system.

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