What had been Tropical Storm Ophelia disintegrated Sunday into what meteorologists call a "remnant low." But the system will still bring some rain as the storm’s tail passes east to west over the territory Tuesday, meteorologist Ernesto Morales at the National Weather Service in San Juan said Sunday.
“The moisture has already started to come into the area,” he said.
Monday should bring showers, with heavier showers Tuesday and one to three inches of rain, and Wednesday some showers, Morales said. He said conditions should improve by Thursday.
As those showers cross the Virgin Islands, Morales said the area could see wind gusts of about 30 mph but only when the rain is falling.
According to Morales, conditions don’t appear favorable for Ophelia to regenerate into a depression or a tropical storm.
The center of Ophelia is expected to pass 100 to 150 miles northeast of the northern Virgin Islands around 8 a.m. Monday.
Ophelia’s winds are blowing at 35 mph. Ophelia is moving slowly west northwest at 8 mph.
As of the 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Ophelia was centered at 18.5 degrees north latitude and 60.9 degrees west longitude. This puts it 145 mile east of the northern Leeward Islands. The barometric pressure stands at 1010 millibars.
Saturday, Tropical Storm Philippe formed far out in the Atlantic. The storm is forecast to curve away from the territory and will pose no danger to the Virgin Islands.
Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.