- Hurricane MARIA continued moving west-northwest over the Caribbean Sea, strengthening. Its center passed south of St. Croix island (US Virgin islands) early in the morning of 20 September. It then continued moving towards Puerto Rico as a category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 270 km/h.
After weathering Hurricane Irma just days ago, residents in the Caribbean are bracing for yet another potentially destructive threat gathering strength in the Atlantic.
Hurricane Maria has intensified to a Category 3 storm and is expected to gain strength to a Category 4 before making landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Maria’s first landfall is expected to occur Monday night on the islands of Dominica and Martinique.
This bulletin is being issued for information only; it reflects the current situation and details available at this time. Information bulletins no.1, 2, 3 and 4 are available here. This will be the last information update specifically related to Hurricane Irma.
At least one person was killed and two people are missing in the aftermath of category 5 hurricane, Maria which hit the Caribbean islands on 18 September, according to initial reports.
Guadeloupe did not face Maria’s direct impact unlike Dominica, which was caught in the eye of the hurricane.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, September 19, 2017. CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that since its inception in 2007, it has made payouts of a little more than US$100 million to 12 of its 17 member countries – all within 14 days of the event. The US$100 million mark was reached following payouts under the excess rainfall policy of three countries – Anguilla, Turks & Caicos Islands and The Bahamas – as a result of rainfall from Hurricane Irma.
SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE IRMA
SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE IRMA
Hurricane Maria becomes an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane as it directly impacts Dominica during the next few hours.
On the forecast track of Hurricane Maria, currently a category 4 Hurricane, the center of the storm will move across the Leeward Islands late today and tonight, bringing heavy rain and wind to islands that were already impacted by Hurricane Irma.
In Anguilla, the Ann-Victoria Smith Polyclinic (Welches Polyclinic) is operational and will absorb patients of the Valley Health Center and Dental Unit which has closed due to major damage.
Hurricane MARIA-17 continued moving west-northwest, strengthening. It made landfall over Dominica island on 19 September at 1.15 UTC with maximum sustained winds of 260 km/h (category 5 hurricane).
El huracán María barrió la pequeña isla de Dominica con vientos de fuerza catastrófica durante la noche del lunes, bajó brevemente a categoría 4 pero se volvió a fortalecer en la madrugada del martes, emprendiendo una ruta sobre el Caribe oriental que lo podría llevar directamente sobre Puerto Rico.
El poderoso huracán, con vientos de hasta 257 km por hora, tocó tierra en Dominica hacia la 01h15 GMT del martes, informó el Centro Nacional de Huracanes de EEUU, citando datos del radar de Martinica y de aviones cazadores de huracanes de la Fuerza Aérea de EEUU.
Según el ultimo boletín de las autoridades climáticas en Estados Unidos, el huracán María se convirtió potencialmente en un fenómeno natural "catastrófico categoría cinco"
.María alcanzó vientos de hasta 160 mph (260 km / h).
En las horas de la tarde del lunes, el Centro Nacional de Huracanes (NHC), por sus siglas en inglés, reportó que el huracán María se convertía en "extremadamente peligroso subiendo a categoría cuatro".
On 18 September 2017, the Foreign Minister of Thailand attended the High-level Meeting on Hurricane Irma co-hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly; the high-level meeting aims to gain high-level political attention to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, secure commitment to support countries and people affected, and highlighting the need for building resilient communities to natural disasters, including those impacted by climate change.
Humanitarian actors have been forced to shift gears from response to Irma to prepare for “potentially catastrophic ” category 5 hurricane, Maria .
Heavy rainfall could cause flash floods and mudslides in islands recovering from Irma’s onslaught such as Sint Maarten, Barbuda and Anguilla. Evacuation centres are being prepared.
More than 2.1 million people in Cuba have been targeted by a US$ 55. 8 million Plan of Action to provide assistance to the most affected by Irma.
NWS Summary: At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located by satellite imagery and data from the French radar on Martinique near latitude 15.1 North, longitude 60.7 West. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.
18 de septiembre, 2017 — La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) pidió a la comunidad internacional 4,95 millones de dólares para ayudar a las comunidades afectadas en el Caribe tras el paso de los huracanes Irma y José.
La OIM prestará asesoramiento técnico y trabajará con las autoridades regionales y nacionales, así como con los grupos locales, para brindar asistencia humanitaria, gestionar la movilidad humana y apoyar una recuperación rápida.