The Bahamas – TC KATE
• KATE turned into a Tropical Storm on 9 November and moved through the eastern and central islands of the Bahamas.
• KATE is forecast to move north and then north-east over the Atlantic, slightly intensifying, but remaining over water and far from any land, over the next 48 h.
The Government of Bahamas formally requested the technical support from Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in the area of Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment to focus on the three most affected islands of the Central Bahamas.
Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has noted preliminary needs related to: food, water, emergency shelter, aerial reconnaissance, damage assessment support in the South and Central Islands (Long, Crooked, and Acklins), electricity restoration, and water and sewage restoration.
• Tropical Cyclone JOAQUIN formed over the Atlantic Ocean on 28 September and moved towards the Bahamas significantly strengthening. It moved across the islands of the Bahamas on 2-4 October as a Major Hurricane, causing floods and damage in several areas and a ship with 33 people on board was missing in sea, off Crooked island. Moreover one person died in Haiti.
After it moved north-east over the Atlantic Ocean, weakening and it passed off the coast of Bermuda on 5 October, still as a Hurricane.
The Bahamas, Bermuda - Tropical Cyclone JOAQUIN
• Hurricane JOAQUIN is moving off the coast of Bermuda, as a Category 1 Hurricane. Previously it affected several Caribbean islands with heavy rains and winds, causing floods in the Bahamas and killing one person in Haiti.
• Over the next 24 h it is forecast to move north-east over the Atlantic Ocean, away from Bermuda, weakening.
NHC Summary: At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Joaquin was located near latitude 23.5 North, longitude 74.8 West. Joaquin is moving toward the north near 3 mph (6 km/h), and a northward motion at a faster forward speed is expected today. A turn toward the northeast is expected tonight with an additional increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the core of the strongest winds of Joaquin will continue moving over portions of the central and northwestern Bahamas today. Joaquin will begin to move away from the Bahamas tonight and Saturday.
NHC Summary: At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Joaquin was located near latitude 23.3 North, longitude 74.7 West. Joaquin is drifting toward the northwest near 3 mph (6 km/h). A faster northward motion is expected to begin later today, followed by a turn toward the northeast and an increase in forward speed tonight and Saturday. On the forecast track, the core of the strongest winds of Joaquin will continue moving over portions of the central and northwestern Bahamas today. Joaquin will begin to move away from the Bahamas tonight and Saturday.
NHC Summary: At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Joaquin was located near latitude 23.0 North, longitude 73.9 West. A turn toward the northwest and north is expected on Friday, and a faster motion toward the north is expected Friday night and Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Joaquin will move near or over portions of the central Bahamas today and tonight and pass near or over portions of the northwestern Bahamas on Friday.
• Tropical Storm ERIKA moved through Lesser Antilles on 27 August, causing heavy rainfall. Dominica was especially affected by floods and landslides. As of 28 August, there were five dead, 21 missing and several homes destroyed. Afterwards it started moving over the Caribbean Sea towards the Dominican Republic, as a Tropical Storm. On 28 August afternoon (UTC), it is approaching the south-eastern coast. At 12.00 UTC its center was located approx. 50 km southeast of Saona Island and it had max. sustained winds of 85 km/h.
Overview of the track and impact of Sandy as of 31 Oct.