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Weather Alert: Heavy Rain Could Cause Flooding, Mudslides

May 11, 2006 – Look for heavy showers along with thunder through Thursday, Scott Stripling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan, said at 10 a.m. Thursday. However, he said Friday should see clearer weather.
"We're certainly under the influence of an upper-level trough with a series of disturbances moving through," he said.
He added that a southeast wind is bringing moisture from a frontal boundary that sat nearby last week. He said the moisture is interacting with the upper-level trough to bring the rain.
Stripling said that mudslides could be a problem later Thursday and into Friday as the hillsides become saturated with rain.
At around 10 a.m., Weather Station Zephyr in Coral Bay, St. John, recorded rain falling at 4.6 inches per hour. Since midnight 2.3 inches of rain have fallen.
However, the East End of St. Croix only had some clouds.
Steve Parris at the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency office on St. Thomas said at about 10 a.m. that VITEMA had received no reports of flooding or mudslides.

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