By now, you would all be on high alert as we prepare for the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian. As small systems are prone to do, Dorian has strengthened and changed track. Based on current modelling, further strengthening is expected, and the Virgin Islands is now under Hurricane Warning. This means that hurricane conditions are expected within the Territory within 24 hours. We are already experiencing some of the effects from the outer bands.   Therefore, I strongly urge all residents to now stay off the roads for non-essential traffic.   To ensure residents’ safety during the height of the storm a curfew will be in place and will be enforced beginning at 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning, or until an all-clear is issued by the proper authorities.  Only essential personnel should be on the roads.
Based on the 11:00 a.m. forecast, we are now bracing for the likelihood that the eye of Dorian may pass between the BVI and the USVI, with northeastern quadrant of the storm passing directly over the Virgin Islands, bringing hurricane-force winds. It is therefore a real threat to the Territory, especially for those persons who may still be in vulnerable homes.