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Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at least $200 mln

Source: Reuters - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:37 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Barbara Liston

Oct 23 (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.

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Red Cross Opening Shelters in Hawaii As Ana Nears

People on the Hawaiian Islands are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Ana and the American Red Cross is opening evacuation shelters later today to provide a safe refuge for people as the storm hits the islands.

Governor Neil Abercrombie has declared an emergency for the entire state. The storm could bring up to 15 inches of rain to the Aloha State which may lead to flash flooding and mudslides. Large surf swells may cause damage to shorelines throughout the state.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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Bermuda 'takes a licking' but spared the worst from Gonzalo

Hamilton, Bermuda | AFP | Sunday 10/19/2014 - 04:41 GMT

Bermuda residents spoke of their relief and began a major clear-up Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo spared the Atlantic archipelago from catastrophic damage, despite scoring a direct hit.

Gonzalo slammed into Bermuda as a strong category two storm on Friday, knocking down trees, damaging a hospital and cutting power to most of the island's 65,000 residents.

"All in all, we came out of this storm much better than we expected," Bermuda's Premier Michael Dunkley said in a broadcast.

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Bermuda braces for 'dangerous hurricane' Gonzalo

Hamilton, Bermuda | AFP | Friday 10/17/2014 - 16:48 GMT

by Diego URDANETA

The resort island chain of Bermuda braced Friday for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge.

The capital Hamilton was eerily quiet as people retreated to the safety of their homes.

Schools, businesses, grocery stores and government offices all closed early Thursday, and many people boarded up the windows of their homes and placed sandbags outside in preparation of potential landfall in the evening.

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Hurricane Gonzalo bears down on the Bahamas

10/15/2014 - 21:55

Hurricane Gonzalo churned in the Atlantic on Wednesday, bringing intense winds and threatening to deluge the Bahamas, US forecasters said.

A hurricane watch went up in Bermuda, which could feel the storm's fury by Friday, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said.

"A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding in Bermuda," the NHC said in a public advisory, adding that it expected large and destructive waves.

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Guatemala + 13 others
REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe Año 7 - Volumen 376

Destacados

  • LLUVIAS INTENSAS: Las fuertes precipitaciones de los últimos días ocasionan daños de diversa gravedad en Nicaragua, Guatemala, islas Bermudas y Colombia, entre otros países.

  • SEQUÍA: Aumenta el número de familias afectadas en Guatemala a 300,000 mientras el Gobierno y PMA continúan con la distribución de alimentos a estas personas.

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Guatemala + 13 others
REDLAC Weekly Note on Emergencies - Latin America & the Caribbean - Year 7 - Volume 376

Highlights

  • INTENSE RAINS: Recent heavy rains have caused damages in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Bermuda islands and Colombia, among other countries.

  • DROUGHT: The number of families affected increased to 300,000. The Government and WFP continue distributing food to affected people.

  • EBOLA: A second case was diagnosed in the USA, representing the first time someone is infected in the country. Countries in the region are strengthening their preparedness plans to deal with possible cases.

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Hurricane Cristobal (as of 27 August 2014)

In the early afternoon on August 27, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image of Hurricane Cristobal. At the time, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 knots (80 miles per hour), making it a category 1 hurricane.

Read more about Cristobal on the NASA Hurricane Page.

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Bermuda + 4 others
Hurricane Cristobal kills four, churns towards Bermuda

08/26/2014 22:58 GMT

MIAMI, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Strengthening Hurricane Cristobal killed at least four people in the Caribbean and then trained its deadly sights Tuesday on the holiday paradise of Bermuda, officials and meteorologists said.

The storm dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Dominican Republic, triggering flooding and killing four people, authorities there said.

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CCRIF Semiannual Report June-November 2013

INTRODUCTION

This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2013, is for the first two quarters of the 2013/2014 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this six-month period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

The report presents:

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Haiti + 37 others
Successful Caribbean test demonstrates progress in regional tsunami readiness

Over 44,000 people from 30 Members States and 15 of the territories* in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions participated in the second full scale regional tsunami exercise held on March 20, 2013.

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Haiti + 36 others
Full-scale test today of Caribbean tsunami warning system

Thirty-two countries* will participate in a full-scale tsunami alert exercise in the Caribbean on 20 March 2013. The goal is to test the reaction capacity in countries of the Caribbean and adjacent regions, including the East Coast of Canada and the United States, the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda. The exercise was organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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Bahamas + 15 others
Caribbean islands earn hurricane insurance rebate

By David Singh

GENEVA, 15 June 2012 - As the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off, all 16 member governments of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have committed for the sixth year in a row to renew their hurricane and earthquake insurance for 2012-2013 and earned themselves a 25% premium rebate.

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Haiti + 15 others
CCRIF Quarterly Report: September - November 2011

INTRODUCTION

This report, for the period 1 September – 30 November 2011, is the second quarterly report in the 2011/2012 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this quarter towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2009/2010 – 2011/2012. In providing this progress update, this quarterly report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

The report presents:

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World + 14 others
Cred Crunch Newsletter, Issue No. 26, December 2011 - Natural disasters in the American continent

Natural disasters in the American continent

In the last decade, the American continent suffered from 922 natural disasters, killing more than 247 thousand people, affecting over 82 million others and causing at least US$ 487 billion of economic damages. The Americas were the second most affected continent by natural disasters, after Asia, in terms of disaster occurrence and people killed. However the Americas took the largest share of economic damages during the decade (46% of worldwide damages).

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Guatemala + 2 others
Boletín Informativo No. 2077 - Onda del este genera lluvias al Norte y Centro

Una Onda del Este casi estacionaria en el Caribe de Guatemala continúa generando abundante entrada de humedad al territorio nacional, generando nublados parciales a totales, con lluvias moderadas a fuertes en regiones del Norte y Centro del país, de acuerdo con la información del servicio meteorológico del Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología –INSIVUMEH-, en su boletín meteorológico especial No. 41-2011.

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Mexico + 1 other
Boletín Informativo No. 2067 - Se mantiene monitoreo a tormenta tropical Nate

El monitoreo al desplazamiento y desarrollo de la Tormenta Tropical Nate se mantiene en el océano Atlántico, fenómeno que se ubica a 225 kilómetros de Campeche y a 505 kilómetros de Tuxpan, México, con vientos máximos sostenidos de 100 kilómetros por hora, según la información del Centro Nacional de Huracanes de Estados Unidos –CNH-.

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Tropical Storm Watch issued for Bermuda

Department of Parks advises of dangerous waves and rip currents on South Shore beaches

The Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) advised that as of the 11:30 am forecast Bermuda is now under Tropical Storm Watch.

After consultation with the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), the BWS has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Bermuda and the surrounding Marine Area due to the NHC forecast for Hurricane Katia.

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Tropical Storm swirls off Bermuda, new storm revs up

29 Aug 2011 01:48

  • Tropical Storm Jose likely to be short-lived

  • No threat seen to U.S. coast

  • New cyclone developing south of Cape Verde Islands (Recasts throughout with new storm location, details)

MIAMI, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Jose formed near Bermuda on Sunday, becoming the 10th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, U.S. forecasters said.

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Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 regional update 09 Nov 2009

The information contained within this update is obtained from data provided by Ministries of Health of Member States and National Influenza Centers through reports sent to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) or updates on their web pages.

I- Evolution of the pandemic

North America

Widespread influenza activity and increased trends in acute respiratory disease continued this week.

In Canada, the national influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate increased again relative to the last week and remained above average for the fifth consecutive week. There was another