Message on Tropical Storm Erika
Acting Governor, Mrs. V. Inez Archibald, CBE
August 26, 2015
Residents of The Virgin Islands, by now you should be aware that a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Territory. This means that we can expect tropical storm conditions in the warning area within 36 hours.
Given the imminent threat of Tropical Storm Erika and after consultation with the Department of Disaster Management, I have authorised the activation of the National Emergency Operations Centre at Level 2.
It was just a few days ago that we faced the threat of Hurricane Danny which thankfully dissipated before it neared our shores. Tropical Storm Erika has shown signs of strengthening and is projected to impact the BVI by Thursday.
We were warned of Erika’s development even as Danny disintegrated so I trust that the preparedness actions you engaged in remain solidly in place. If you did not heed the call to prepare then, I urge you to do so now, with utmost urgency.
Weather forecasting is not an exact science and we can only be guided by the projections that are provided. Though there is still some uncertainty, latest indications are that we can expect heavy winds, rainfall and thunderstorms.
I call on the boating community to secure vessels and other assets as rough seas are expected during the passage of this storm. A Small Craft Warning is already in place for mariners and sea bathers. All small craft should remain in port or quickly seek shelter in the designated marine shelters.
I encourage all residents to continue to heed the preparedness information shared by the Department of Disaster Management. Take the necessary actions now to protect lives and property.
We will continue to monitor the progress of the Tropical Storm Erika and advise the population accordingly.