Ref: OCHA/GVA 2002/0207
OCHA Situation Report No. 7
Hurricane Lili - The Caribbean
1 October 2002
This message is not an official hurricane
warning or alert for any country.
1. The National Weather Center in Miami
reports that at 15:00 GMT today, Hurricane Lili struck western Cuba. Lili
was located near latitude 21.8 north, longitude 83.7 west, or about 35
km east-southeast of Cabo Frances in western Cuba. This position is also
about 185 km southwest of Havana, Cuba. Maximum sustained winds have increased
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
According to the National Hurricane Center
in Miami, Tropical Storm Lili has slowed down to a Tropical Wave, greatly
diminishing the threat of turning into a hurricane and thrashing the south
coast of Haiti.
While the possibility of Tropical Storm
Lili gathering force remains, the greatest concern is now whether vulnerable
areas in the southern part of the country will experience heavy rainfall
and subsequent damage to housing.
The Government of Haiti has lifted a
general alert but has told communities at risk to prepare for a possible
MIAMI, Florida, Sept 26 (AFP) - Tropical
Storm Isidore made landfall on the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi early
Thursday, as local residents battened down the hatches and struggled to
save what they could from floods triggered by torrential downpours.
Bands of rain moving onto New Orleans
in the morning dusk lashed city streets that have been emptied by an overnight
curfew imposed by local authorities.
Many schools were shut down, coastal
areas evacuated and the National Guard was put on the alert in the two
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR
THE SOUTHERN COASTS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND HAITI FROM PUNTA PALENQUE
WESTWARD TO TIBURON ON THE WESTERN TIP OF THE TIBURON PENINSULA OF HAITI...AND
ALSO FOR JAMAICA.
THE TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR SOUTHERN
HAITI MAY BE UPGRADED TO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING THIS MORNING.
During the week of 16 September, Isidore
became the second hurricane to hit the Caribbean this year. Isidore crossed
over the Island of Youth and the province of Pinar del Rio on 20 September,
causing major flooding and damage.
Approximately 291,987 persons were evacuated
of which 31,299 remained in temporary shelters as of 24 September. In the
Island of Youth, reports indicate that 756 houses were damaged, of which
Washington/Mexico City (dpa) - The
tropical storm Isidore was approaching the southern U.S. coastline late
Wednesday, causing flooding and hitting the state of Louisiana with high
Isidore, with winds of 105 kilometres
per hour, was travelling north through the Gulf of Mexico at 20 kilometres
per hour and was expected to reach the shores of Louisiana by 6 a.m. Thursday
morning, CNN reported.
Thousands of residents were being evacuated.
Winds must reach 120 kilometres an hour to register as a category one hurricane,
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 24 (Reuters)
- Tropical Storm Lili weakened rapidly on Tuesday as it marched through
the eastern Caribbean on a course for Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.
In Barbados, hit by Lili on Monday, officials
said 139 homes were badly damaged. Some parts of the island of about 275,000
people were still without electric power or telephone service, and fallen
tree branches and debris littered the streets of the capital, Bridgetown.
Lili, the 12th tropical storm of the
Atlantic hurricane season that runs from June to November, lost much of
Mexico City (dpa) - Tropical Storm
Lili has killed at least four people on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent,
the Caribbean news agency CMC reported Tuesday.
The deaths of a 29-year-old woman and
her three children in a landslide brought to seven the number of people
killed in storms this week in the Caribbean. At least three people also
died in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula as Hurricane Isidore swept through Sunday
On St. Vincent, an island about 750 kilometres
southeast of Puerto Rico, emergency workers held out hope that a fifth
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Tropical Storm Lili is currently progressing
west-northwest over the eastern Caribbean Sea, heading towards the island
of Hispaniola. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 kmh) with higher