VITEMA Continues Regular Updates on Invest 96L

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According to the National Weather Service in San Juan, PR, at 6:00 PM on Nov. 13, 2018, a strong line of moisture associated with Invest 96L has begun to impact the territory. Rain will lessen throughout the night. Around 6:00 AM on Wednesday, rain will resume and continue to impact the territory throughout the day and into Thursday, bringing 1-4 inches of rain to the area, winds of 15-20 mph, and gusts up to 30 mph.” According to the National Hurricane Center, “Invest 96L will not organize any further and is highly unlikely to become a named storm.”

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the territory until Thursday. Due to the recent rainfall which resulted in saturation territory wide, there is a high risk of floods in low-drainage areas, mudslides and rock falls.

A Marine Warning has been issued for the territory. Marine conditions will continue to deteriorate. Seas will be extremely dangerous; boaters are advised to secure vessels inland and remain out of the sea for the duration of this advisory.

Residents are advised to –
• Stay safe – If you do not have an immediate need to traverse during periods of heavy rainfall, remain indoors and continue to monitor weather reports. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
• Take Your Time – You may feel tempted to operate vehicles faster in the rain, but DON’T. The rain makes surfaces and roads slick. Pay attention to your surroundings, leave extra space ahead, and move more slowly – especially in periods of low visibility due to heavy rainfall.

VITEMA will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates.