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Flood Watch Remains in Effect for V.I. Until Friday Evening

October 27th, 2022, weather radar image of the Caribbean courtesy of National Hurricane Center and NOAA. (Photo from National Hurricane Center Website.)
A radar image of the Caribbean shows the tropical system that is bringing heavy rain to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. (Image courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)

Tropical weather will continue to affect the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service has indicated that the entirety of the USVI and portions of Puerto Rico will remain under a flood watch until Friday at 8 p.m. Flash flooding and mudslides are also possible. 

Virgin Islands Department of Education schools and all Government of the Virgin Islands offices will remain open on Thursday, according to early morning news releases from Government House. School buses are currently running on schedule, it said. The situation will continue to be monitored throughout the day, and updates will be posted to the Government of the Virgin Islands Joint Information Center website.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms impacted the USVI Wednesday due to precipitation associated with a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean that has interacted with another weather system to the north. This interaction has resulted in a slow-moving system that will continue to bring rain and thunderstorms to the islands on Thursday and Friday before it moves westward and away from the USVI and Puerto Rico.

satellite image of the Caribbean courtesy of National Hurricane Center NOAA. (Photo from National Hurricane Center Website.)
A satellite image shows the tropical system that is bringing heavy rain to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. (Image courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)

Another tropical wave currently located in the main tropical development region in the eastern Atlantic will be monitored for any potential impacts to the U.S. Virgin Islands in early November. 

With more than a month remaining in the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30, tropical cyclone formation is still possible. Residents and visitors can stay updated on weather systems on the V.I. Source Weather page and sign up for alerts from the National Weather Service and the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency.

 Tropical weather moves toward St. Thomas, USVI, on October 26, 2022. (Source photo by Jesse Daley)
Tropical weather moves toward St. Thomas on Wednesday. The territory is under a flood watch through Friday evening. (Source photo by Jesse Daley)
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