Weekend rains set record on St. Thomas


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ST. THOMAS - St. Thomas received record rainfall this weekend, with more than 5 inches of rain drenching the territory in just two days.

"It's winter-type wet weather," San Juan National Weather Service meteorologist David Sanchez said. "Usually November is a rainy month."

Sanchez said that about 3 inches of rain was recorded at King Airport on Saturday and about 2 inches on Sunday. The rain Monday was only a trace amount.

St. Croix saw less than 1 inch during the same period.

Sanchez said the heavy downpours were caused by a convergence of winds from the northeast meeting a winds coming in from the south.

V.I. Water and Power Authority spokeswoman Cassandra Dunn said aside from a few isolated power outages stemming from blown fuses, the territory's utility was unaffected by the storms.

"We had done a lot of good reinforcements to our outside infrastructure for hurricane season," Dunn said.

She said to her knowledge, the heavy rain did not bring down any poles.

"We've been doing pretty good," she said.

Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said no significant damage to roadways or infrastructure was reported during the weekend.

Sanchez said the rest of the week will remain soggy.

"It's going to still be wet for most of the week," he said. "There's enough moisture hanging around, and we're going to get dumped with showers from time to time."

He said things may dry up a bit toward the end of the week.

- Contact reporter Aldeth Lewin at 714-9111 or email alewin@dailynews.vi.

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