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Rainy Weather, Big Swells to Continue, Says Meteorologist

Passengers waiting at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. (Photo courtesy Simon Caines.)Don’t look for any improvement in the rainy weather for at least another day and a half. That’s according to Walter Snell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Juan.
"A frontal boundary has settled down over the area, and it’s moving very, very slowly," Snell said Wednesday.
Heavy rain and gusty winds forced flight delays and cancellations Wednesday afternoon at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner said from American Airlines’ Texas headquarters.
He said two flights were canceled and two delayed. Wagner anticipated that once the weather cleared up, those flights would depart.
St. Thomas resident Simon Caines was waiting Wednesday afternoon at Cyril E. King for an American Eagle flight to Puerto Rico.
"My flight has been delayed and delayed and delayed. I hope it’s not canceled," he said.
According to Caines, as of 5 p.m. an earlier American Eagle flight was canceled, and American, Delta and U.S. Airways flights due from the mainland have not landed. He said the only planes flying were very small ones. He called back around 6 p.m. to say that a Delta flight just landed.
"It’s the first one in many hours," he said.
No one could be reached after the close of work at the V.I. Port Authority and the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency for further information. Most of Wednesday’s rain was felt on St. Thomas and St. John. Between midnight and 6 p.m., Weather Station Zephyr at Ajax Peak, St. John, reported .31 inches of rain. The heaviest rain fell around 10 a.m., when it rained at 1.19 inches per hour.
Snell said that rain fell mainly to the south and north of St. Croix, with the island getting only a few showers. However, he said that St. Croix should get more rain late Wednesday night.
The big swells of the past week are about gone, but another set is on the way thanks to a low pressure area coming down from the United States. Snell said a train of swells of up to nine feet will start late Thursday and continue through Friday.
"They start to taper off on Saturday," he said.
High surf advisories remain up, and Snell said they’ll probably stay in place until Sunday.
Wednesday’s weather issues came on the heels of problems at San Juan Airport on Tuesday, Wagner said. He said that ash from Montserrat’s erupting volcano caused American to cancel some flights in and out of Puerto Rico on Tuesday. Wagner said American added extra flights Wednesday to get passengers to their destination. Four of those flights were to St. Thomas.

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