The center of Tropical Storm Irene is predicted to pass just south of St. Croix late this afternoon. Right now at 5:30 AM on St. John, the wind is still and the seas are almost dead calm. Lightning flashes could be seen in the southeastern skies throughout the night.
“A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands” meaning that “tropical storm conditions could occur… in the Virgin Islands later today.
“A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area…in this case within 24 to 36 hours.