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RAINS TO CONTINUE; MUD, ROCK SLIDES POSSIBLE

Nov. 9, 2003 –– Look for a continuation of heavy showers, thunderstorms, clouds and gusty winds over the next three days, Brian Seeley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Juan, said Sunday night.
"The worst weather will come later Monday into Tuesday, but it's not going to be like dumping down all the time," he said.
St. Thomas and St. John have seen intermittent heavy showers, thunderstorms, gusty winds and clouds for the past several days, with some areas getting drenched and others seeing only light showers.
Seeley said that 1.43 inches of rain fell in Bonne Resolution, St. Thomas, in the 24-hour period that ended at 7:55 p.m. Sunday. In St. John, a gauge at Guinea Gut recorded 1.56 inches in the same time period. By contrast, Jolly Hill, St. Croix saw only .23 inches.
Seeley said wind gusts reached 26 mph in St. Thomas.
And thanks to all the clouds, St. Thomas matched a record low on Sunday for this date set in 1983. The temperature was 75 degrees.
He said the area already had unsettled weather thanks to an upper-level trough west of Puerto Rico. A tropical wave now moving slowly through the area compounded the wet conditions.
Seeley said it doesn't currently appear that the tropical wave will develop into a tropical depression, but that could change.
While the National Weather Service posted a flash-flood watch, Seeley said the bigger threat in the Virgin Islands would come from mud and rock slides caused by heavy rains.

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