When It Rains, It Pours?


As you all probably know, we’ve been in a severe drought here on island for the past six months. We did, however, have a nice little reprieve last weekend as more than an inch of rain fell on the island. We’ve had some on and off showers since, but it appears we may have some more rain in store for us soon – potentially in the form of a tropical storm or even a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Danny is currently churning in the Atlantic. As of 5 a.m. this morning, TS Danny is about 1,200 miles east of the Windward Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It currently poses no threat to land.

According to the National Weather Center, TS Danny is expected to gradually strengthen as it moves west-northwest over the next few days. It’s expected to become a hurricane later this week. If TS Danny will affect us, it will not be until early next week.

So what does this mean for us? Not much currently. But we should keep an eye on it. Here are a some local sites we watch when there’s a potential for a storm:

  • US Virgin Islands Tropical Weather Station: This is a Facebook page with weather forecasters who are located here in the Virgin islands. 
  • St. John VI Weather: This is another great Facebook page with an expert who is based here in the Virgin Islands.
  • VITEMA: This is the Virgin Islands’ Emergency Management Agency. You can find them on Facebook here or online here. You can sign up to receive VITEMA alerts via email or by text.
  • Virgin Islands Port Authority: VIPA will keep you informed on whether the ports and airport remain open or are closed due to a storm. You can find them on Facebook here or online here.

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