BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Governor Declares Curfew As Dorian Heads Towards BVI


Governor Augustus Jaspert has announced a 16 hour curfew as the British Overseas Territory awaits the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian later on Thursday.

Jaspert said that the curfew would begin at 2.00 pm (local time) Wednesday and end at 6.00 am on Thursday “or until an all-clear is issued, as part of preparations for the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian”

The Miami-based National Hurricane centre (NHC) said that Dorian was forecast to become a hurricane and was located about 25 miles south east of St. Croix. It has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (mph).

A hurricane warning has been issued for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) , Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.while a hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico.

The NHC said that a tropical storm watch remains in effect for the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana.

Dorian, which passed through most of the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday with minimum damage, is moving towards the northwest near 13 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or two.

“On this track, Dorian should move near the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and then continue over the open Atlantic well east of the southeastern Bahamas,” the NHC said, adding that Dorian is forecast to become a hurricane later today and continue strengthening during the next few days over the Atlantic waters.

“Swells are expected to increase later today across the U.S.and British Virgin Islands and along the southern coasts of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, and they could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC added.

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