As the late-in-the-season Hurricane Lenny continued its unusual eastward trek toward the U.S. Virgin Islands Monday afternoon, local agencies were preparing for the possibility of a strike.
A hurricane watch was issued for the islands late Monday afternoon.
The St. John Red Cross Hurricane Watch Team was called to meet at 6 p.m. Monday night at the St. John Legislature Building.
Gov. Charles W. Turnbull issued a release at 5 p.m. asking residents to check their supplies, water, canned food , medications and first aid kits, and think about whether they will seek protection in shelters.
Boaters were notified they could move their vessels to safe havens, effective Monday. They were asked to have proper chafing material, adequate lines and anchors to properly secure their boats.
A release from Government House said officers would be on hand to help boaters into shelter and to hand out float plans to be completed by the boaters.
The Water and Power Authority is also preparing for the storm, according to a release Monday afternoon.
WAPA will provide electrical service and potable water as long as possible but may have to interrupt service if the storm becomes too severe in order to protect equipment and personnel.
The utility company reminds residents if water and power are interrupted it will affect a lot of equipment and service including water pumps, gas stations pumps, electric stoves and refrigerators.
High winds are rain are expected to accompany Lenny, which could cause downed power lines. WAPA reminds the public that downed power lines are dangerous.
Normally it would be the eastern end of the island that would feel the storm first, but with Lenny coming from the west predictions suggest Lenny will heavily affect the western end of St. Thomas – specifically the Fortuna and Bordeaux areas. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the entire territory.
The governor assured the public that Public Works, Planning and Natural Resources, the Police Department, the National Guard and the VI Territorial Emergency Management Agency will all be monitoring the progress of the storm. Turnbull asked all residents to do the same.


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