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Irma to Bring Flood and Mudslide

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The BVI is now under hurricane warning as it was announced that the effects from hurricane Irma is forecasted to begin affecting the Territory within the next 12-36 hours. According to the DDM Irma is now a category four and is expected to cause flooding and storm surges that damage coastal structures.

In an update issued at 11:00 p.m. on Monday September 4th the Department of Disaster Management announced that it was advised by the National Hurricane Centre that the maximum sustained winds of Irma have increased to near 140 miles per hour (mph) with higher gusts.  It was also mentioned that additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Irma which is now a category 4 hurricane that is moving towards the west near 13 mph in a general motion that is expected to continue into Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the west-northwest late Tuesday.

The DDM said that on the forecast track, the center of Irma will move approximately 42 miles north east of the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday. In noting probable impact for Road Town the DDM said that winds 80 mph to 110 mph is possible in some locations with higher gusts at elevated areas and on the northern coast of Tortola as well as the northern islands including Anegada.The rain is expected to fall in amounts of eight to 14 inches. This rainfall is expected to cause street flooding and travel delays. Additionally it was mentioned that mudslides are possible in the mountainous areas.

Up to six to eight feet storm surges are also predicted on Tortola and increased surges up 10-14 feet for the northern islands including Anegada. These surges the DDM warned would result in damage to coastal structures.



Last modified onTuesday, 05 September 2017 09:32
  • Source: BVIHotpress.com

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