Showers and a thunderstorm and perhaps another couple inches of rain are forecast for St. John and the Virgin Islands today. And while that's not the kind of weather you want on vacation, it's a lot better than what Tropical Storm Emily would have brought had its course not swung southwest on its way toward the mainland.
The last few days have been a wake up call, and a reminder that the possibility of heavy weather is a fact of life on St. John.
Villa managers, arriving guests, grocery store operators, maintenance people all found themselves on alert, reviewing their lists of things to do in case of an emergency, and what to do to prepare for a storm.
Emily's moving on is not the end. As Dave M posted on Storm Carib, "Behind (her) is a growing conga line of tropical waves and from now until the end of October at least, each and every one should be monitored and readied for."
Here are some Web sites that locals find useful in tracking the weather.
- National Hurricane Center
- National Weather Service forecasts
- Crown Weather
If you've got another source, add it with a Comment here.