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Emily Update 1: Warnings/Watches for U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico

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Tropical storm Emily has formed in the Atlantic, and we’re continuing to monitor the storm as forecasts project it may affect the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and eventually Florida and the continental U.S.

Since our update earlier today, here’s the latest:
  • A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Puerto Rico and the islands of Vieques and Culebra. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours.
  • In addition, a tropical storm watch has been issued for the US Virgin Islands and Haiti. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

Through our regional offices in Atlanta, Ga., New York, N.Y. and our Caribbean Area Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we remain in close contact with our partners at the National Hurricane Center, Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (En Espanol).

Two of our regional Incident Management Assistance Teams have been deployed to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to coordinate territory and local officials if federal response support is needed. (Check out this blog post to learn the value these teams bring to the emergency management team.)

If you’re in the potentially affected area, here are a few tips to keep you safe:

  • Monitor weather conditions and listen to the direction of local and territory officials, which for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico could include sheltering in place.
  • If local officials give the order to evacuate, be sure to know your evacuation route.
  • Know what supplies you and your family will need to shelter in place, if that is the advice given by local officials. continues to be the official source for the latest tropical weather forecast from the National Hurricane Center. And if you’re on your phone, check out their mobile site for the latest information, or visit the FEMA mobile site for tips on staying safe before, during and after a tropical storm or hurricane.

Last Updated: 
06/19/2012 - 12:44

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