The island of Dominica sustained significant damage due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday, 28 August. A band of torrential rain caused by the system resulted in the deposit of 6 to 8 inches of rain in less than twelve hours and triggered massive flooding and several landslides.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, September 04, 2015 – LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has announced further amendments to its schedule as it continues to assist Dominica recover from the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.
In light of the continued closure of the Douglas-Charles Airport, LIAT is offering flights to Guadeloupe as an alternative for travellers to / from Dominica.
OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia 03/09/15 -The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is in final preparations to host its fifth climate change seminar, which is to be held under the theme: Strengthening the Environment and Building Resilience to Climate Change in OECS Member States”.
The seminar will take place at the Conference Room of the Verandah Resort and Spa in St Phillips, Antigua from September 9-10 2015.
Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group for Disaster Management (ECDPG/DM) The Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group for Disaster Management (ECDPG/DM) met on Thursday, September 4, 2015 to discuss and provide updates on the humanitarian response to Dominica. Key updates from the meeting are as follows:
Following an appeal from Hubert Winston, President of the Dominica Marine Association, for aid and assistance relief following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika, the Antigua Yacht Club has decided to set up a Disaster Relief Committee which will meet on Wednesday 2nd September at 1700 (5 pm) in the Events Centre at the Antigua Yacht Club.
Message: Dominica: CDEMA CU continues to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism to moblise support to Dominica.
Message: Dominica: Evacuation of residents of Petit Savanne. Prime Minister declared nine 9 Special Disaster Areas.
Message: Damage assessment ongoing in Dominica. Response priorities continue to focus on search, rescue and recovery and getting relief supplies to victims.
Tropical Storm Erika became the fifth named storm of this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season on August 24, 2015. Erika began impacting the CDEMA Participating States from Wednesday, August 26 and degenerated to a trough of low pressure on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
Tropical Storm ERIKA continued moving west-northwest over the northern Atlantic Ocean towards the Leeward Islands. On 27 August at 3.00 UTC its centre was located approximately 175km east-southeast of Antigua and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h.
Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.
Message: Dominica significantly impacted by Tropical Storm Erika. Regional response teams on standby for immediate deployment. Storm conditions are expected to continue over portions of the Leeward Islands, and reach the Virgin Islands later today.
Miami, United States | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 00:11 GMT
Tropical storm Erika took aim at the Caribbean and storm warnings went up in Puerto Rico and in several other islands in anticipation of heavy rains, US forecasters said.
With winds of 75 kilometers (45 miles) per hour, Erika was 315 kilometers east of Antigua at 2100 GMT, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said, warning of the potential for flash floods in places.
Tropical Cyclone Danny crossed the Leeward islands (northern Lesser Antilles) on 24 August, having weakened to a Tropical Depression. Approximately 56 mm of rainfall were recorded in Dominica within 24 h over 23-24 August.
As of 25 August, neither injuries nor flooding have been reported on the islands.
Message: No significant or no damage has been reported by the Islands that were in Danny’s path.
Danny became the first hurricane of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on Thursday, August 20, 2015 and by Friday morning, August 21st , the system was upgraded to a Category 3 Hurricane. The storm weakened to a Category 2 later on Friday and continued to weaken as it tracked towards the Leeward Islands.
Message: A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Monsterrat and St. Kitts and Nevis. CDEMA urges countries in the Northern Leeward Islands to continue monitoring and to enhance their readiness status.
Message: Erika expected to reach Leeward Islands tonight. Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Monsterrat and St. Kitts and Nevis.
Message: Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St Kitts/Nevis. Danny is expected to pass near or over portions of the warning area by late tonight or early Monday.
At 2.00 p.m, Sunday, August 23, 2015 the center of Tropical Storm Danny, was located near latitude 18.8 North and longitude 58.1 West or about 260 miles East Southeast of Antigua and 215 miles East of Gaudeloupe.
Tropical Cyclone Danny continued moving west towards the northern Lesser Antilles (Leeward Islands), with weakening intensity. On 24 August, at 3.00 UTC, it was a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 65 km/h, and its centre was located 155 km east of Dominica.
Over the next 24 hrs, Danny is forecast to continue on its western track, probably weakening into a Tropical Depression. It will reach the southern Leeward Islands later on 24 August and cross into the Caribbean Sea.
On 22 August, Hurricane Danny was downgraded to a Tropical Storm. It is currently located some 780 km from the Leeward Islands and expected to move northeastward.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Saba and Statia. French authorities have declared yellow alert for Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Saint Barths.
The National Hurricane Plan has been activated in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and shelters have been activated. Other countries have also taken preparedness measures.