March 7, 2021

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Heavy rains and gusting winds begin to feel in the Virgin Islands


The potential tropical cyclone 9 continues its passage towards the Caribbean and is located about 350 miles or 560 kilometers from San Juan according to the most recent bulletin of the National Hurricane Center (CNH) issued at 8:00 am

Due to the proximity of the system, Puerto Rico is in a tropical storm warning, which means that its effects would begin to be felt in 36 hours or less.

A This time, heavy rains and gusting winds are already beginning to be felt over the Virgin Islands, highlights the federal agency.

The CNH reports that the phenomenon would be near or over Puerto Rico tonight, by Thursday near or over Hispaniola and near or over the Bahamas by Friday. Between 3 and 6 inches of rain are expected, although in some isolated places it will increase to 10 inches.

It should be noted that in the last hours the trajectory of the system places it going further south of the Island. Among the projections, it is it could touch Cabo Rojo as a tropical storm.

At the moment, the atmospheric phenomenon is maintained with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and is at latitude 15.1 and longitude 62.1. It moves about 23 miles per hour from west to northwest.

The report states that strong winds Thunderstorms extend 275 miles from the axis of movement, mainly to the north and northeast of the system. It has a pressure of 1005 millibars.

The phenomenon is expected to strengthen over the next few hours and possibly weaken on Thursday once it makes landfall somewhere in the Caribbean.

The National Weather Service in San Juan indicated that the possible impacts of the system on the Island are rain and winds until Friday morning, tropical storm conditions over Puerto Rico and the municipal islands of Vieques and Culebra, waves between 10 to 18 feet with occasional waves up to 23 feet, currents life-threatening marine fires, coastal erosion and flooding, and a slight risk of tornadoes.

Currently, flash flood and coastal flood surveillance and a high risk of marine currents are activated.



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