A tropical wave, Invest 96L, is continuing it west northwest track and is forecasted to impact the Virgin Islands with intermittent heavy showers and gusty winds beginning at 2 a.m. Friday and lasting through most of the day Friday, according the National Weather Service at San Juan.
The National Weather Service is forecasting 3 to 6 inches of rain with higher amounts in isolated areas and wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour possible on Friday. Marine conditions are also expected to deteriorate beginning at 9 p.m. tonight.
A Flash Flood Watch goes into effect for the Virgin Islands from 2 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday. A Small Craft Advisory also goes into effect at 9 p.m. this evening to midnight Saturday.
Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. paid his respects to the late Career Ambassador Terence A. Todman today as the Virgin Islands native son's body lay-in-repose at Government House on St. Thomas. Throughout the day, mourners filed past the flag-draped casket bearing the body of the retired U.S. Ambassador.
Todman, whose diplomatic career spanned more than four decades, died last week at the age of 88.
Funeral services are set for 11:30 am on Saturday at All Saints Cathedral on St. Thomas, tributes will begin at 10:30 am.
In Todman's memory, flags on public buildings across the Virgin Islands are flying at half-staff until sunset Saturday.
The National Weather Service in San Juan has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the US Virgin Islands and all of Puerto Rico from late tonight through Saturday morning. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain across the watch area, which may lead to flooding.
A strong tropical wave will approach the local islands late tonight into Friday and expected to produce numerous showers with thunderstorms across the region associated with this wave. Periods of moderate to heavy rainfall are possible late tonight through at least Saturday morning across the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with an increasing potential for urban and flash flooding. Rainfall totals between 4 to 6 inches with locally higher amounts are possible, according to the National Weather Service.
Based on the latest hurricane center guidance, environmental conditions are expected to be conductive for development during the next couple of days while the system moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 miles per hour.
Residents packed the St. John Legislative Annex in Cruz Bay on Wednesday evening, August 20. The hearing went on for more than four hours. Most residents who testified were against the proposed Coral Bay Marina – Yacht Club at Summer's End.