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Latest Update

Current as of: October 14, 2014. 10:00:00 AM EST 

 Hurricane Gonzalo Has Litlle Effect on VI 

A Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning have been discontinued for the Virgin Islands as Hurricane Gonzalo is now located about 90 miles to the north-northeast of St. Thomas near 19.6 degrees North, 64.4 degrees West. The hurricane is moving to the northwest at 13 miles per hour and has increased in strength with top winds estimated at 110 miles per hour. As Gonzalo moves away from the Virgin Islands today, weather conditions are expected to improve. Rains associated with Gonzalo are expected to diminish rapidly today.

Across the coastal waters,  winds to 18 knots (20 miles per hour) and unsettled seas are expected today and tonight. Marine conditions will slowly improve as the hurricane moves away from the Virgin Islands.

UPDATE FROM COMMISSIONER
BEVERLY NICHOLSON DOTY

Current as of: October 12, 2014. 8:00 PM EST

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Beverly Nicholson Doty
Commissioner of Tourism,
United States Virgin Islands
Commissioner
WEATHER MAPS

Latest Update

Current as of: October 13, 2014. 8:00 AM EST

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Latest Update

Current as of:  October 13

, 2014. 8:00 PM EST

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Flight cancellations have been reported arriving to and departing from the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. Many airlines have enacted rebooking policies. Check with your air carrier for the most up to date information. 



Latest Update

Current as of: 

October 14, 2014. 10:00 AM EST

 

 

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US Coast Guard Has Opened All USVI Ports 

The US Coast Guard has opened all USVI ports. 

Port condition ZULU is no longer in effect.  

 

Cancellations Due to Tropical Storm Gonzalo

The West Indian Company Limited advises that the Carnival Valor, will leave at 3 p.m. today instead of the scheduled departure time of 5 p.m.

Carnival Liberty, scheduled to arrive tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in St. Thomas from 11:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. has cancelled due to Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

Also, cancelled for Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Caribbean Princess, Carnival Conquest, Norwegian Getaway.

For further information, please contact Mr. Joseph Boschulte, President & CEO at 774-1780, ext. 2202. 

 

US Coast Guard to Set Port Condition ZULU for St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island, Ports to Close at 5PM Today

Due to the track and intensity of Tropical Storm Gonzalo, the US Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan will set Port Condition ZULU at 5 p.m. today for St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island, officially suspending port operations and closing ports to all inbound and outbound vessel traffic until further notice.  

St. Croix ports remain at Port Condition YANKEE.

All vessels must be secured by 5 p.m. today. If conditions continue to deteriorate, operators are encouraged to exercise caution and secure operations ahead of 1700.

      

St. Thomas - St. John Ferries Permitted to Operate through 6 PM Today;
Barge Schedules Have Been Adjusted

The Coast Guard is permitting St. Thomas and St. John ferries in the U.S. Virgin Islands to continue local service until 6 p.m. today, unless weather conditions deteriorate faster than expected causing the service to be suspended earlier. 

Both Boyson Inc. and Island Vic  ferry companies have adjusted today's barge schedules. 

Boyson Inc's final barge run is set for 2:30 p.m. from St. John and 3:30 p.m. from St. Thomas.  

Island Vic will make its final barge run at 4:30 p.m. from St. John and 5 p.m. from St. Thomas.  

More information will be provided as it becomes available.  


USCG Captain of the Port Sets Port Condition YANKEE;
Commercial Inbound Vessels Restricted, Outbound Traffic Permitted

The Coast Guard set Port Condition YANKEE at 9a.m. Monday for all the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern ports of Puerto Rico due to incoming Tropical Storm Gonzalo.  The eastern ports of Puerto Rico under Port Condition YANKEE are Vieques, Culebra, Fajardo and Yabucoa.  All other ports in Puerto Rico continue to operate under Port Condition X-RAY until further notice. 

During Port Condition YANKEE (gale force winds are anticipated to make landfall within 24 hours) the ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern ports of Puerto Rico are open to outbound vessel traffic only, while commercial inbound vessels are restricted from entering the port.  Both the Puerto Rico Maritime Transportation Authority (ATM) ferries as well as the St. Thomas and St. John ferries in the U.S. Virgin Islands are authorized to continue local service until 6p.m. Monday, unless weather conditions deteriorate faster than expected causing the service to be suspended earlier. 

Vessels greater than 500 gross tons currently in port are to make preparations to get underway and exit the port at this time, while all other vessels authorized to remain in port are to take appropriate precautionary measures to secure their vessels. 

During Port Condition YANKEE, facilities should commence the termination of cargo handling operations.   

Ports, facilities and operators should anticipate additional restrictions on inbound and outbound traffic as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches.  Mariners should prepare for impending severe weather prior to the anticipated arrival of gale force winds or when an evacuation is in progress. 

Owners and operators of recreational vessels should follow small craft advisories from the National Weather Service and take the necessary measures to safeguard the safety of their vessels, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Coast Guard sets Port Condition YANKEE for the U.S. Virgin Islands and eastern ports of Puerto Rico.