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Hazard mitigation experts say the USVI has developed dramatically in recent years and that human activity can directly impact the ability to cope with disasters.
Tropical Storm Teddy is expected to be a hurricane as early as Tuesday night and while its movement is currently uncertain, VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen said Monday that it was expected to resume a west-northwest track shortly.
The Department of Health received 11 additional COVID-19 testing machines on Monday as part of a continuing equipment distribution program led by the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, a VITEMA press release announced Wednesday.
In an update on the movement of Tropical Depression 13, V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency Director Daryl Jaschen said the system is moving west-northwest at 21 miles per hour, which will put it near or north of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Friday night into Saturday.
The University of the Virgin Islands and the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency are continuing their annual effort to update the territory’s “Hazard Mitigation Plan,” a requirement for FEMA emergency assistance.
The Legislature on Monday approved Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s request to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency through October, during a special session.
Because it lacks a clearly defined eye, meteorologists have had a hard time tracking what is now being called Potential Cycle 9, but officials say it is expected to strengthen and will begin impacting the territory late afternoon Wednesday into Thursday.
The V.I. government will not distribute sandbags and does not plan to open shelters for the tropical weather system due to hit the territory Wednesday afternoon, VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen and Human Services Director Kimberley Causey-Gomez said.
A tropical storm warning is up for the Virgin Islands as a system now designated Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 continues to approach the U.S. Virgin Islands, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 11 a.m. Tuesday update.
Invest 92-L is on track toward becoming the ninth named storm of the season and could impact the territory as early as Thursday, according to V.I. emergency response officials.