Antigua and BarbudaOngoing
- 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.
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).
Tropical Storms MARIA and LEE formed in the Atlantic. At this moment, TS MARIA is located 900 km south east of Lesser Antilles, with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. MARIA is expected to become a hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands early next week.
TS MARIA constitutes a potential threat to the area previously affected by the Hurricane IRMA.
Hurricane IRMA moved across Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee (USA) on 12 September, weakening and dissipating. Heavy rain and strong winds affected several areas along its path.
The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) has been activated for Florida State on 12 September by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency. This brings to five the number of Copernicus activations related to IRMA (France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, European Commission and USA).
Hurricane IRMA moved across western, north-western counties of Florida and south-western Georgia on 11 September, weakening into a tropical depression. Over the next 48 hours, it is forecast to pass over Alabama and western Tennessee. Heavy rain and strong winds could affect these areas. Media have reported ten deaths across the United States.
Bruselas, 11 de septiembre de 2017
Comisión Europea – Declaración
"El huracán Irma ha dejado un rastro de devastación en muchos países. Es nuestro deber moral ayudar a los afectados cuyas vidas y hogares están siendo destruidos o severamente amenazados.
Nos solidarizamos con todos aquellos en el Caribe y en los Estados Unidos durante y después de la tormenta. Por el tiempo que sea necesario.
Brussels, 11 September 2017
"Hurricane Irma has left a trail of devastation across many countries.
It is our moral duty to help those in need whose lives and homes are being destroyed or severely threatened.
We stand in full solidarity with all those in the Caribbean and in the USA during and after the storm. For as long as it takes.
Tropical Cyclone JOSE continued moving west-northwest over the Atlantic Ocean and it passed northeast of Barbuda on 9 September as a Category 4 Hurricane. On 11 September at 3.00 UTC its centre was located 395 km north-east of Grand Turk Island and it had max. sustained winds of 185 km/h (Category 3 Hurricane).
Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue over the Atlantic Ocean and it could slowly turn toward east and southeast on 12 September.
Hurricane IRMA continued moving west-northwest reaching the northern coast of Cuba on 9 September morning (UTC) as a Category 5 Hurricane. It passed over Florida Keys on 10 September afternoon (UTC) as a Category 4 Hurricane, over Marco Island and Naples (Florida) in the evening as a Category 3 Hurricane. Then it continued heading north-west moving inland crossing central northern Florida counties weakening.
Tropical Cyclone JOSE is moving west-northwest over the Atlantic Ocean upgraded to category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of up km/h, with potential to reach category 5. On 9 September at 6.00 UTC, it was about 390 km of the Northern Leeward islands, approaching the already affected islands by Hurricane Irma.
A hurricane warning is in effect for Barbuda and Anguilla, Sint Maarten/St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, while the island of Antigua is under a hurricane watch.
Hurricane IRMA has passed Turks and Caicos, north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on 8 September. It is currently affecting the northern part of Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain. In some areas power cuts have been reported as well as increasingly difficulties in communication.
IRMA will move on towards the Bahamas and expected to make landfall in Florida on Sunday 10 September. It has strengthened again to a category 5 hurricane with maximum wind speed of 296 km/h. Up to six million people were asked to evacuate from Florida as well as parts of Georgia.
- Hurricane IRMA continued moving west-northwest as a category 5 hurricane, reaching on 6 September the northern Leeward Islands, Barbuda and Saint Martin, British and US Virgin Islands. Heavy rain, very strong winds and storm surge affected these areas. A storm surge of 2.5 m was measured in Barbuda. On 7 September at 3.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 135 km north-northwest of San Juan city (Puerto Rico, USA) with max. sustained winds of 295 km/h.
- Hurricane IRMA continues moving west-northwest, approaching the island of Barbuda. It is significantly strengthening (category 5 hurricane), becoming the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic.
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.
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.
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.
The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2013/01000
THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
As the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction sets to work in Geneva and the hurricane season approaches, the European Commission's humanitarian aid office (ECHO), which reports to European Commissioner Louis Michel, has granted EUR 7 million for its 7th disaster‑preparedness action plan in the Caribbean. Priority will be given to the most vulnerable and exposed communities. About 300 000 people will benefit directly.
Since the programme was launched in …