At 2 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near 17.3 degrees North, 66.6 degrees West or about 86 miles to the south-southwest of St. Croix. Erika is moving to the west near 17 miles per hour. A turn to the west-northwest is anticipated on Friday and this general motion should continue through Saturday.
Top winds remain at 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. Little change in intensification is forecast over the next two days. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center and St. Thomas recently reported a wind gust of 48 miles per hour. A Tropical Storm Warning and a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the Virgin Islands.
Tropical storm force winds are currently being felt across portions of St. Croix. Those winds will continue to affect the island through 5 a.m. Friday. St. Thomas is also experiencing tropical storm force winds -- winds in excess of 39 miles per hour -- until about 4 a.m. St. John is not expected to feel the tropical storm force winds associated with Tropical Storm Erika.
The next advisory will be issued at 5 a.m. Friday.
Update: Emergency Operations Center Reports
As of 2 a.m. tonight, the following incidents were reported to the VITEMA’s Emergency Operations Centers territorywide.
All Feeders down except for Feeder 5 which services the Juan Luis Hospital, and Feeder 1A.
Poles down at: vicinity of Herbert Grigg Home at Kingshill; West Airport Road; at Sunny Isles vicinity of Kmart; La Grande Princess in the vicinity of the Honda dealership; vicinity of Elena Christian Junior High School;
Power lines down: near The Reef on the east end; vicinity of Point Elizabeth of the south shore; vicinity of Divi Carina Hotel on the south shore; near the Cruzan Rum distillery; areas of William’s Delight.
Two broken poles at near the John F. Kennedy housing community.
Trees down: Catherine’s Rest vicinity of Way of the Cross Baptist Church; eastbound vicinity of Gateway Gas Station;
At 11 p.m. Small sections of feeders down: Small pockets down at East End and Frenchtown, from University of the Virgin Islands plant west. As of 2 a.m. Friday all power has been restored except for a small section of Mountain Top.
Trees down at: Lindberg Bay, Scott Free, Solberg and across from Mountain Top.
Wires touching on Brookman Road.
No reports of flooding or power outages.