Tropical Storm Maria Becomes a Hurricane

STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR AUGUSTUS JASPERT TROPICAL STORM MARIA PREPARATIONS 17 SEPTEMBER 2017

People of the Virgin Islands, this is Governor Jaspert. When I last spoke with you on Saturday September 16, I indicated that my next address will be on Monday unless there are urgent developments.

Unfortunately,  I must speak to you today (Sunday, September 17) as there are some new developments with Tropical Storm Maria which need to be brought to your immediate attention.

We are all still dealing with relief and recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma but while we are doing this, we must also prepare for what may come.

The report at 2pm today shows that Tropical Storm Maria continues to move west-northwest at 15 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds nearing 65 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The system is expected to develop into a hurricane today or tonight.

Based on the forecast the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands Monday night and could pass close to the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday or Wednesday as a major Hurricane... Read more