A weather bulletin from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said the weather system — currently called Tropical Depression 13 — was located 986 miles from the BVI at 5 am on Thursday and is expected to become a tropical storm by later today, August 20.
The depression, which has maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per hour is said to be moving west-northwest near 21 miles per hour — a motion is expected to continue for the next few days.
“Current forecast models are projecting Tropical Depression 13 … [will pass] just north or very close to the British Virgin Islands. The system is expected to begin affecting the BVI Friday afternoon into Saturday,” the DDM said.
Residents are warned the weather system may bring tropical-storm-force winds and dump at least one to three inches of rainfall on the territory.
Residents are further advised that heavier rains are possible in “isolated areas” so they should continue to monitor depression 13 and “be prepared to take action if needed”.
In a Thursday morning address, Governor Augustus Jaspert said watches and warnings may be issued for the territory at short notice.
“If you have been putting off any final preparations at home or your business, now is the time to complete them. In the coming days and for the rest of the season, please continue to be vigilant both in your monitoring of the weather conditions and in maintaining your safe physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and other protective measures as we work to prevent COVID-19 from spreading on our shores,” he said.
“I recognise that this heightened vigilance may be taking a toll on our collective spirit and mental health. Please, as you are looking after your properties and families, make sure to do what you can to rebuild your mental and spiritual strength wherever possible,” the governor added.
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