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18 Oct 2017 description

By Julio Berdergué, FAO Regional Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Pablo Aguirre, technical advisor of the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

04 Oct 2017 description

By António Guterres

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2017 (IPS) - As you know, we are coming off a jam-packed High-level week and opening of the General Assembly. Some of the most important speeches during that period came from leaders of Caribbean nations reeling from back-to-back hurricanes.

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda reported that the entire population of Barbuda had been left homeless. The Prime Minister of Dominica declared that he had come to the United Nations “straight from the front line of the war on climate change”.

20 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Desmond Brown

SAINT JOHN, 20 sep 2017 (IPS) - A medida que el huracán María arrasa en el Caribe, aparecen lentamente los últimos datos sobre el número de muertos y el grado de devastación dejado a su paso por Dominica.

María tocó tierra en esa diminuta isla caribeña de 72.000 habitantes en la tarde del 18 de septiembre, con vientos máximos de casi 257 kilómetros por hora.

20 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) - As Hurricane Maria continues to barrel its way across the Caribbean, details are slowly emerging of the number of deaths and the extent of the devastation left in its wake in Dominica.

Maria made landfall on the tiny island of 72,000 on the evening of Sept. 18 with maximum sustained winds of nearly 160 miles per hour.

Hartley Henry, Principal Advisor to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said he had spoken with the prime minister early this morning via satellite phone.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

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.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

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".

18 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS — Hurricane Maria has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to strengthen further, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.

Hurricane Maria was about 35 miles (55 km) northeast of Martinique, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

18 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

Las islas del este del Caribe, devastadas por Irma hace menos de dos semanas, se preparan para enfrentar otro potencial desastre, con la llegada del huracán María, que podría tocar tierra en las Islas de Barlovento el lunes por la noche convertido en un potente meteoro.

A las 2:00 a.m. del lunes, el centro del huracán María se localizaba 145 kilómetros al noreste de Barbados y 270 kms al este suroeste de Dominica, con vientos máximos sostenidos de 150 kph.

18 Sep 2017 description

by Reuters
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:03 GMT

By Frank McGurty and Jessica Resnick-Ault

Sept 18 (Reuters) - A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane as it ripped into the Leeward Islands on Monday night.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

17 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

In a hurricane season that just will not quit, forecasters are keeping their eyes on three storms, including one threatening the Caribbean islands clobbered by Hurricane Irma just a little over a week ago.

Forecasters upgraded Tropical Storm Maria to a hurricane Sunday as the storm heads toward the Leeward Islands.

Maria is following the same path as Irma. Hurricane warnings and watches are out for some of the islands that that saw devastating damage from Irma, including Guadeloupe, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

12 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

Natalie Liu

Of all the Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, only the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda stands as an independent state with no parent country to rush to its aid with emergency relief and funds for reconstruction.

But Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador in Washington, told VOA in an interview that his country is prepared to address the challenge alone if it must. “At the end of the day, it is our country, we have to try our best to keep it going as best we can,” he said stoically.

08 Sep 2017 description

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, Sept 7 (Reuters) - The eye of Hurricane Irma grazed the Turks and Caicos Islands on Thursday, rattling buildings after it smashed a string of Caribbean islands as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, killing 14 people on its way to Florida.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

08 Sep 2017 description

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti, 7th September, 2017 (WAM) - Hurricane Irma barreled toward vulnerable Haiti on Thursday after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 10 people as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century took aim at Florida.

With winds of around 185 miles per hour (290 km per hour), the storm has smashed through several small islands in the northeast Caribbean in recent days, including Barbuda, Saint Martin and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, ripping down trees and flattening homes and hospitals, Reuters reported.

07 Sep 2017 description
report El Nuevo Siglo

El gobierno de República Dominicana comenzó evacuaciones preventivas en las zonas declaradas en alerta a la espera del huracán Irma, cuyos efectos empiezan a sentirse desde la noche de este miércoles en el país caribeño.

El monstruoso huracán Irma, categoría 5 en la escala Saffir-Simpson y con vientos de 295 kilómetros por hora, se espera provoque lluvias en las cosas este y noreste de Dominicana, aunque su ojo no tocará directamente en este país, informó la Oficina Nacional de Meteorología (Onamet).

07 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

September 07, 2017 4:30 PM
VOA News

Hurricane Irma is unleashing powerful winds and heavy rains on Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands as it continues to pound the Dominican Republic and parts of Haiti.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma's winds, storm surge and rainfall are life-threatening, and those same conditions are expected late Thursday in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas.

07 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

The eye of Hurricane Irma was passing just north of Puerto Rico Wednesday night, knocking out power and running water to hundreds of thousands of people.

Irma is a Category 5 storm and the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. Its top sustained winds are 295 kilometers per hour (183 mph).

04 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

Las islas del norte del Caribe comenzaron a prepararse el domingo ante el inminente paso del huracán Irma, que podría comenzar a afectar la región septentrional del arco de las Antillas el martes.

"El paso de un huracán no es una cuestión para tomar a la ligera, pero no debemos tener pánico", dijo el primer ministro de Antigua y Barbuda, Gaston Browne, en un comunicado.

11 Aug 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

KINGSTON, 11 ago 2017 (IPS) - La Oficina de Meteorología de Jamaica usa desde 2013 una herramienta de predicitibilidad climática para pronosticar sequías o lluvias por “debajo del promedio” en toda la isla como estrategia contra el cambio climático.

La herramienta le ha permitido a este país caribeño pronosticar de forma precisa varios períodos sin lluvias o de sequías, incluso el más destructivo de 2014, cuando se perdieron unos 1.000 millones de dólares en cultivos, que se pudrieron o se quemaron en incendios, causados por las excepcionales condiciones secas.

07 Aug 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug 7 2017 (IPS) - Since 2013, Jamaica’s Met Office has been using its Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) to forecast ‘below average’ rainfall or drought across the island. The tool has allowed this northern Caribbean island to accurately predict several dry periods and droughts, including its most destructive episode in 2014 when an estimated one billion dollars in agricultural losses were incurred due to crop failures and wild fires caused by the exceptionally dry conditions.

20 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 20 2017 (IPS) - The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top ten. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000 m3 freshwater resources per capita.

With droughts becoming more seasonal in nature in the Caribbean, experts say agriculture is the most likely sector to be impacted, with serious economic and social consequences.