The Territory is no longer under tropical storm warning and according to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) Tropical Storm Joyce is weakening, but may regain tropical storm strength within 24-48 hours.
However, a number of residents are complaining over power outrages that are occurring in some areas and also water supply interruptions. Efforts to contact officials from the BVI Electricity Corporation proved futile.
Yesterday, August 23, Governor Boyd McCleary issued an "all clear" for the Virgin Islands as most of Tropical Storm Isaac passed without any reports of major damage.
At the time he stated that roads were cleared and officials expect water to be restored shortly. He added that because the power is on officials do not see any reason why they should not announce an all clear.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Isaac is moving to the West. Isaac remains disorganized this morning. The center is on the north edge of the deep thunderstorms.
Isaac is unlikely to become a hurricane in the Caribbean. Forecasters think Isaac could be a Category 1 hurricane in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Monday, and a Category 2 hurricane in the northeastern to north-central Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
In relation to the impact on land for Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, some additional rain bands could move through over the next 12 hours with wind gusts up to 50 mph.
Tropical Storm Joyce
The current location of TS Joyce: 16.8N/44.1W; Geographical Reference: 1495 miles SE of Bermuda; Maximum Sustained Wind: 35 mph gusting to 45 mph; Movement: WNW at 18 mph; Organizational Trend: Weakening; Forecast Confidence: Average.
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Joyce has weakened to a tropical depression but may regain tropical storm strength in 24-48 hrs.
The forecast is that satellite imagery indicates that Joyce has weakened to a tropical depression and the cyclone has been downgraded to a depression by the National Hurricane Center.
However, conditions aloft may become favorable for some strengthening should Joyce's circulation remain intact over the next 24 to 48 hours. Our forecast takes Joyce generally toward Bermuda, and then it accelerates out to sea to the northeast.
Joyce will not be threatening the Caribbean however the system will be monitored until it has dissipated.