St. John Now Under Hurricane Watch

Monday 11 a.m. advisory

Monday 11 a.m. advisory

Update: All ports will close at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m. this morning, the US Virgin Islands is now under a Hurricane Watch. According to the National Hurricane Center, “a Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.”

Here are the “Key Messages” from the 11 a.m. advisory:

1. Irma is expected to affect the northeastern Leeward Islands as a dangerous major hurricane, accompanied by life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall impacts, along with rough surf and rip currents. Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands. Preparations should be rushed to completion, as tropical-storm force winds are expected to first arrive in the hurricane warning area by late Tuesday.

2. Irma could directly affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a dangerous major hurricane later this week. Hurricane watches have been issued for these areas, and tropical- storm-force winds could arrive in these areas by early Wednesday.

Here is when we can expect to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma:

Monday 11 a.m. advisory

Monday 11 a.m. advisory

I was just on a call with the disaster relief operations. They are looking for volunteers. Most importantly, they are looking for people will to volunteer in shelters and help with feeding. If you are willing and able, please email Please send him the following information: 

  • You name
  • Phone and email
  • Whether or not you are a current volunteer or whether you are interested in volunteering
  • What position are you able to volunteer for
  • Are you willing to work in a shelter

Stay safe St. John.

14 comments for “St. John Now Under Hurricane Watch

  1. Dave Cascio
    September 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    oh my goodness! Be safe everyone.

  2. Carla
    September 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Our prayers are with you all.

  3. Paul micciche
    September 4, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Fly you fools!

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      September 4, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Flights sold out. For days. We’re not fools. But you are for posting this.

  4. Jim & Linda
    September 4, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Linda and I’s thoughts and prayer are with you all.

  5. Laura
    September 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Stay safe all, and let us know what you need. Sending Love

  6. Badger
    September 5, 2017 at 1:15 am

    it looks like the watch has been upgraded to a warning. Stay safe.

  7. Gretchen
    September 5, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Praying and thinking of you all so much!

  8. Mama news
    September 5, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Praying for you all. Especially you, our dear daughter. Stay safe.

  9. Laura V.
    September 5, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Please stay safe. So looking forward to hearing you are on the right side of the storm.

  10. Sharon
    September 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Please be safe. Life is precious. Our prayers are with you.

  11. Susan Saks
    September 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    God Bless this beautiful island, it’s people and it’s animals. We are praying for you here in Connecticut.

  12. Jim
    September 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I don’t think the “Fly you fools!” comment was meant to be offensive.

    Maybe an attempt at humor from a Lord of the Rings fan.

    Stay safe. See you in February.

  13. julia deming
    September 5, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    God bless and protect you Maria, Rivit, Oso, and all of your dear friends. We love you.

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