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Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, July 24, 2024


The latest advisory on Hurricane Alberto lets Virgin Islanders breathe a little easier, but forecasters warn it is still too early to completely let down one's guard.
At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the center of the storm was located about 1,200 miles east of the Virgin Islands. The four-day-old storm is moving on a west-northwest course at 13 miles per hour, far away from the major lands areas of the Caribbean.
At 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, the hurricane center was located at 17.4 degrees north latitude, 45.9 degrees west longitude. Top winds remain near 80 miles per hour with little change expected in strength through Wednesday.
Meteorologist Alan Archer said Tuesday morning some computer forecast models shift Alberto away from the islands of the Caribbean.
"In about three days from now, we anticipate the hurricane to be some 300 miles north of Antigua and heading in the general direction of Bermuda," he said.
While Archer said the storm at present does not pose a threat to the region, Virgin Islanders should remain cautious. "Beginning on Wednesday, the hurricane will enter warmer sea surface temperatures which could in effect lead to its intensification," he said.
He said residents should follow the storm's progress for two to three more days to see if it will have any effect on the islands in the Northeast Caribbean.
The next complete advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The latest on the hurricane can be found on the Knight Quality Stations weather information line at 774-4786; the latest forecast for the V.I. can be obtained by clicking on the rainbow at the top of the Source menu.

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