Office of the Deputy Governor
Department of Disaster Management
Release Date:
Monday, 26 August 2019 - 11:28pm

The Hurricane Watch has been discontinued for St. Lucia however tropical storm watches and warnings remains in place for other countries.  Summary of watches and warnings in effect:

Tropical Storm Warnings in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica, Grenada and its dependencies, Saba and St. Eustatius

26th August 2019 – At 1100 PM , the centre of Tropical Storm Dorian was located by an Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 13.2 North, longitude 59.7 West.  Dorian is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday.  On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to move near or over the Windward Islands tonight and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday.  Dorian is forecast to pass near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, move near or over eastern Hispaniola, and move north of Hispaniola on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Dorian is expected to be a hurricane when it moves near Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.  A wind gust to 55 mph was recently reported in Barbados.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb.

Impact on the British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands could begin experiencing wind gusts as early as Tuesday evening.

Rain bands and Squall like conditions from Dorian is possible in addition heavy rainfall in some of these showers which can lead to flooding however, this information it subject to change as the tropical storm gets closer.

What to do

Keep monitoring the system as it progresses further eastward for any change in its path and intensity.

Review your family plans and check for items you may need, check your homes, shutters, drainage paths or specific areas. This is will avoid trying to do and remember certain activities at last minute.

Persons can also download the Alert app in the Apple App store or Google Play store to receive updates of any hazards affecting the Territory.

You can also visit the DDM’s webpage at http://www.bviddm.com and subscribe for updates or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bvi.ddm.

Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life


Department of Disaster Management

#3 Wailing Road McNamara,
Road Town VG1110,
Tortola Virgin Islands
Tel: 284-468-4200 Fax:284-494-2024
Office Email: bviddm@surfbvi.com