updated 6:19 PM PDT, Sep 5, 2017
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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 12 noon- The BVI Health Services Authority announces the continued operations of Peebles Hospital during the passage of Hurricane Irma.

However to ensure the safety of both patients and staff during this period, certain medical services have been postponed, specifically elective surgeries, until after the passage of the Hurricane. The Emergency Department remains opened for treatment of persons requiring urgent emergency care. Similarly, our Dialysis and Antenatal patients are reminded, as advised, to stay on Tortola during the hurricane in case of a personal-emergency.

Routine visiting hours at Peebles Hospital will be suspended from 4PM today and during the passage of the Hurricane to ensure the safety of all persons.

Finally, the Community Clinics or Health Centers will be closed from 12 Noon today, Tuesday, until an assessment is done on the conditions of each Clinic facility, which will be made on Thursday following the passage of Hurricane Irma. However the Iris O’Neal Clinic will remain opened until 8PM this evening to deal with any emergency need that arises before the Hurricane.

In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or 852-7500 or 394-3497.

A further Press Release will be issued to announce the re-openings of the Community Clinics and resumption of routine visiting hours at Peebles Hospital. We are urging all persons to secure themselves and families and to continue to monitor and adhere to the announcements from the Department of Disaster Management.


Tropical Storm Jose

Tropical Storm Jose, the 10th tropical storm of the season has developed near latitude 12.3 degrees North, longitude 39.1 degrees West.

The National Hurricane Centre in its 11:00 o’clock advisory said Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph and a movement toward the west or west-northwest at a slightly faster rate of forward speed is expected during the next two days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Jose could become a hurricane by Friday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 Km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008mb (29.77 inches).

Meantime, category 5 Hurricane Irma with winds of 180 miles per hour with higher gusts moves closer to the islands.  At 11:00 a.m. it was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 58.4 West.

Hurricane Irma will move into the area today causing weather conditions to significantly deteriorate later this evening into tonight and tomorrow. Hurricane warning remains in effect the BVI.

Please continue to finalize hurricane preparations and continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website (bviddm.com) and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates and preparedness tips.

Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision, which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.

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