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The northeast Caribbean is currently experiencing adverse weather conditions due to an approaching cold front, causing the closure of schools in at least two islands.
As per the Department of Disaster Management in the British Virgin Islands, the territory has received approximately two inches of rainfall overnight, with isolated thunderstorms expected to continue throughout the day.
In light of the anticipated adverse weather conditions forecasted for today, the Government of the British Virgin Islands has announced the closure of all public schools to ensure the safety of students and staff.
The heavy rain, high winds, and reduced visibility are expected to impact the territory through the day, prompting students and teachers to remain at home.
Similarly, in the US Virgin Islands, the Department of Education (VIDE) has declared the closure of all public schools throughout the territory, prioritizing the safety and well-being of students and staff due to adverse weather conditions.
The region is characterized by heavy rain, strong winds, and low visibility, and parents and guardians have been requested to keep their children at home.
Public school students have also been advised to refrain from attending their respective school campuses.
The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) has issued a weather alert, asking residents of the USVI to prepare for heavy rainfall possibly ranging from 2 to 4 inches through Wednesday, tapering off on Thursday.
The region may experience wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour, and heavy rainfall with thunderstorms may cause flash flooding in certain low-lying areas.
The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) has updated its seaports and airports notification, noting that some vessels have changed their itineraries or cancelled calls to the US Virgin Islands due to safety concerns caused by inclement weather.
Although the seaports are open, heavy wave activity is occurring at some ports. The seaports in St. Thomas/St. John have not reported any cancellations of cruise calls, and the schedule for February 7 and 8 remains unchanged.
The Cyril E. King Airport (STT) and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) will remain open, while travellers are requested to contact their airline directly with any inquiries regarding flight schedules.
In Anguilla, the Air and Sea Port Authority has announced that the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal will remain closed today due to deteriorated sea conditions and additional operational challenges caused by the inclement weather.
Alternative travel arrangements can be sought through the carriers that service the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport, which continues to operate in its regular schedule.