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Subtropical Storm Olga Brings Wind, Rain and Interruptions to Territory

Dec. 11, 2007 – Residents awoke Tuesday to heavy rain and wind as the center Subtropical Storm Olga passed along the north coast of Puerto Rico. The territory was hit with bands from the storm.
Scott Stripling, meteorologist at the National Weather Center in San Juan, said at 8 a.m. that residents should look for one to two inches of rain to fall Tuesday with winds hitting 20 to 25 mph.
"There was a 50 mph gust in Tortola at 7:40 a.m." he said.
Weather Station Zephyr at Ajax Peak, St. John reported a 30 mph gust at 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.
One third of an inch of rain had fallen at Weather Station Zephyr between midnight at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Monday's total reached a half inch of rain with a gust of 32 mph at 11:30 p.m.
Stripling said residents should expect intermittent heavy rains and winds from the south to the southeast throughout the day.
"You'll be getting squalls and thunderstorms," he said.
He said there will be some slow improvement, but the squally weather will continue through Wednesday. He said to look for better weather by Thursday.
At 8 a.m., the storm had winds of 45 mph with gusts to 55 mph. It was centered 18.4 degrees north latitude and 67.6 degrees west longitude. That put it 155 miles east of Santo Domingo.
Winds of 40 mph extend outward 200 miles from the center, but they are mainly to the northeast of the storm.
Movement was to the west at 15 mph. The pressure was 1004 millibars or 29.64 inches.
Subtropical Storm Olga got a name at the 11 p.m. update Monday. Stripling said forecasters had watched the storm for several days as it moved closer to the region.
He said it had subtropical storm characteristics because it developed underneath a mid-level low-pressure system. He said tropical systems have low pressure at the surface and high pressure above.
Stripling said it was unusual but not unheard of for storms to form in December.
"It's only happened a handful of times," he said.
Lynette Moreland, acting public information officer at the V.I. Water and Power Authority, said Tuesday that there were sporadic weather-related power outages throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning.
"Transformers blew here and there, but they're working feverishly on it," she said.
She said that in some locations, the power went out, came back on and went out again. She said that in most instances, the power was out for a half hour to an hour at a time.
Residents should expect sporadic outages throughout the day as Subtropical Storm Olga continues to bring wind and rain to the territory, Moreland said.
Steve Parris, acting V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency director, said he had reports of some minor problems including a few power lines down as well as some trees and branches falling on St. Thomas.
He said he hadn't heard of any problems on St. Croix.
Alvis Christian, deputy VITEMA director on St. John, said there were no problems on St. John.
Omer ErSelcuk, chief executive officer at Seaborne Airlines, said the airline was flying Tuesday, but stiff winds caused it to cancel flights midday Monday.
"We flew in the morning and we flew in the afternoon," he said.

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