Showers and thunderstorms will continue till midweek, meteorologist Carlos Anselmi at the National Weather Service in San Juan said at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
“The activity and humidity will be high, but most of the showers will be over water,” he said.
That wasn’t the case Saturday, as St. Thomas and the western ends of St. John and St. Croix got some heavy downpours. Anselmi said radar estimates showed one to three inches of rain fell on St. Thomas, with the northwest part of St. John seeing one to two inches and the western end of St. Croix receiving three inches. Anselmi couldn’t connect to the official weather stations at the airports on St. Thomas and St. Croix to get exact amounts.
He said he had reports from the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency on St. Thomas that there were mudslides with rocks in the middle of the road in Altona, debris from flooding in Bovoni and flooding along the waterfront in Charlotte Amalie. Anselmi said he didn’t have any reports from St. Croix, but WAPA reported an electrical outage to a portion of Feeder 6A as tree limbs fell on power lines.
The wet weather is the result of a surface trough lingering across the area combined with low level moisture, Anselmi said. He said the system produced moderate to heavy rainfall during the afternoon and close to the evening on Saturday.
St. Thomas remains under a flash flood warning until 9:15 p.m. Saturday. The warning said flooding will occur in the western and eastern portions of Charlotte Amalie, and Anna’s Retreat. St. John as well as St. Thomas were on a flood advisory until 8 p.m. This means minor flooding could occur in areas with poor drainage. The entire territory was on a hazardous weather outlook that called for high seas and rip currents.
He said the system won’t continue to produce rainfall accumulations like those on Saturday.
While the weather will be damp, it won’t develop into anything stronger as the territory marks the official end of hurricane season on Monday.