BVI Hurricane Information
Hurricanes can and do threaten the Caribbean and the British Virgin Islands from time to time.
Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and ends November 30th. However, the vast majority of hurricanes which have affected the BVI in the recent past have occurred in September ... with a few notable exceptions.
In August 2004, (the last time a storm came very close), it became apparent for this part of the Caribbean that Hurricane Frances would be a non-event. I took a drive along the north shore of Tortola to see what I could. I arrived at Bomba's Shack at 2:30 in the afternoon to find surfers enjoying the effects of the storm.
An hour later, you wouldn't have known it was only 3:30 pm. It looked like nightfall! I was trying to get a photo of a very ominous cloud passing over Jost Van Dyke. I lined up the shot and just as I clicked the shutter, "something" came thundering behind me and shot overhead!
For a brief moment it was very dark and then very light. An acquaintance standing nearby asked, "What was that?" I said I thought it might be lightning, but for all I knew, it could have been a Pterodactyl! I was looking through the lens! About 20 seconds later, my suspicions were confirmed by a loud thunder clap. The net result was the surreal photo above! The picture below was taken a couple of minutes later and is a more accurate depiction of the light conditions!
Recent Hurricane History
There have been many more storms than those listed below which have threatened the British Virgin Islands ... but we've been luckier than others. Hugo was certainly the most devastating storm with the one-two punch of Luis and Marilyn following closely behind. Bertha spawned some horrific tornados in her wake and Lenny came out of the blue from the wrong direction!
Many clients ask, "What happens if our vacation is canceled due to a hurricane? "The answer is ... "That's what travel insurance is for!"
More info and pictures coming whenever a storm passes our way!
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Launched September 3, 2004 Updated: 7/09/09