Category: Environmental News

NHC Watching One Tropical Wave In The Caribbean

MIAMI — Conditions in the Atlantic basin remained quiet today, with forecasters watching one tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean Sea, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center. There’s more activity in the eastern Pacific, which has already experienced Hurricanes  Agatha and Blas. Tropical Depression Celia is forecast to become a tropical storm later […]

Bayside Walking Tour To Feature DPNR Park Ranger John Farchette

GREEN CAY — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said that the Division of Coastal Zone Management will host a Bayside Walking Tour on Friday, June 24th at Chenay Bay -West (Tamarind Reef entrance) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The walking tour will be led by Park Ranger […]

Parts of Puerto Rico and USVI To See Heat Indexes As High As 111

MIAMI — It’s been quiet in the Atlantic basin. How much longer that will last is unclear, but several forecasters don’t expect it to last much longer. Think end of June, first part of July. Maybe. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Invest 93L over Nicaragua and Honduras and three tropical waves, according to the latest advisory […]

Rare USVI Plant Will Now Be Listed As Endangered After Lawsuit

TUCSON — Two years after an initial ruling, and on the heels of an announced lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it is in the process of finalizing the listing of the Marron bacora, a rare U.S. Virgin Islands plant, as endangered and thereby a protected species. In a news release on Tuesday, […]

People With Respiratory Problems Urged To Avoid Sahara Dust

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources is informing the public of an air pollution alert for dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa. The dust causes the skies around the Virgin Islands to be hazy, which reduces the visibility and results in poor air quality. This […]

NHC Monitoring Area of Low Pressure In Caribbean Sea

MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea, along with four tropical waves in the Atlantic basin. “An area of low pressure is expected to develop by the middle part of this week over the southwestern Caribbean Sea,” the NHC said. “Some slow development of this system is possible while it […]

Senate Committee Gets Updates On Disaster Repairs

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Members of the Committee on Disaster Recovery and Infrastructure, led by Senator Janelle Sarauw met at the Earle B Ottley Legislative Hall on Friday. The Committee received testimony from the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources related to all disaster related projects, including marine and historic efforts in the Territory, […]

Stony Coral Disease Killing up to 94 Percent of Caribbean Coral

COZUMEL — A new coral disease is quickly circulating in the Caribbean, killing as much as 94 percent of certain types of coral species in the region, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Communications Biology.  Researchers found that an outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) that was first reported in Florida […]

FEMA and USVI Run Disaster Simulations To Prepare For Hurricane Season

CHRISTIANSTED — The majority of the people living in the territory — regretfully — know what happens when a major hurricane strikes. As the June 1 start date of the Atlantic hurricane season approached … governmental agencies rehearsed in detail — the steps to take — should history repeat itself … and the USVI become […]

2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins Today

MIAMI — There is an 80 percent chance that a hurricane will form in the next 48 hours from an area of low pressure located near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said today. “This system is likely to become a tropical depression […]