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Rains Help Push Temperature to Record Low

Oct. 27, 2007 — When the temperature dipped to 68 degrees Saturday on St. Thomas, it set a record for the date, the Weather Channel reported Saturday morning.
According to the Weather Channel, the previous low for St. Thomas was 69 degrees in 1974.
Orlando Bermudez, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Juan, said Saturday that its statistics show a low of 71 for Saturday.
At Weather Station Zephyr at Ajax Peak on St. John, the thermometer fell to 70.9 at around 2 a.m.
The cooler temperatures are a result of the rainy weather hanging around overhead.
However, residents across the territory should look for clearing starting Saturday night as the rain bands from a low pressure system centered halfway between the islands of Hispaniola and Aruba starts to move away from the area.
"Tomorrow will be much better," Bermudez said, though a few isolated showers are in the forecast.
Alvis Christian, acting V.I. Territorial Emergency Management director, said that St. John has had no problems except for some rocks here and there on the roads.
Christian said that St. Thomas experienced flooding at Mandela Circle and the Havensight area, some mudslides in Tabor and Harmony, and some trees down in Scott Free.
He said that St. Croix had some trees down and water across the road in some areas.
"But Public Works is on top of it all," he said, referring to the Public Works Department.
While several residents said they were glad their cisterns were filling up, Allen Glenn of St. John said he could do with some sunshine.
"It's keeping us from getting any work done. I'd like to be working outside," he said.
St. Croix resident Marsha Benson said she's had about seven inches of rain over the past several days at her West End home. "That's a lot of rain at one time," she said.
Benson said the power went off Friday night at around 9:30. As of 11:15 a.m. Saturday, it still wasn't on.
Another St. Croix resident, Miles Sperber, said it poured Friday night at his house.
Weather Station Zephyr on St. John reported seventh-tenths of an inch of rain between midnight and 3 p.m. Saturday.
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