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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.

18 Sep 2017 description

NWS Summary: At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Maria was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft near latitude 13.8 North, longitude 57.5 West. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands Monday night and then over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Reconnaissance data indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.

17 Sep 2017 description

(New York 17 September 2017): The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today allocated US$10 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable humanitarians to help tens of thousands of people in need of assistance following the devastating category five storm, Hurricane Irma.

17 Sep 2017 description

MESSAGE: Tropical Storm Maria forms over in the Atlantic. Hurricane Watches issued for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat. Tropical Storm Warnings issued for Saint Lucia, Dominica, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

THE SITUATION:

17 Sep 2017 description
  • 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.

17 Sep 2017 description

NWS Summary: At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 53.7 West. Maria is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h). A turn toward the west-northwest and a slower forward speed are expected during next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will be near the Leeward Islands Monday or Monday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Maria is forecast to be a hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands.

17 Sep 2017 description
report Swiss Red Cross

Les secours de la Croix-Rouge s’organisent après le passage de l’ouragan Irma. Les spécialistes de l’aide d’urgence de la CRS interviennent dans la partie néerlandaise de l’île de Saint-Martin et à Antigua.

Partis mercredi de Suisse, les cinq logisticiens de la Croix-Rouge suisse (CRS) ont atterri jeudi sur l’île de Saint-Martin. L’aéroport de l’île étant fermé au trafic régulier, ils ont dû embarquer dans un avion militaire au départ de Curaçao.

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.

16 Sep 2017 description
report Samaritan's Purse

BACKGROUND:

During the week of September 5- September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction in multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. According to assessments, the most urgent needs for islanders are food, water, and shelter.

HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:

16 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma is putting the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. The extent of the devastation to Cuba and islands in the Eastern Caribbean is beginning to become clearer as rapid assessments are underway. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges, Irma caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centers and basic infrastructure across the region.

  • Hurricane Irma put 2.4 million children at risk; of these 271,000 were directly affected.

16 Sep 2017 description

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate 30,000 euros as disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The island nations that were hardest hit and are in need of humanitarian assistance are Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Foreign Minister Sven Mikser says a number of countries have pledged aid for the island nations. “Estonia is also responding to the plea for assistance to meet basic needs such as availability of clean drinking water or provision of medical care.”

16 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

• Shortage of food and potable water in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos - some of the most affected by Hurricane Irma continues to be of concern.

• A Regional Response Plan (RRP) to raise US$ 27 million to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable people affected by Hurricane Irma was launched on 15 September.

• Severely limited communications are hampering the coordination of relief supplies in Turks and Caicos and increasing anxiety among people.

15 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS   

• Additional USAID/OFDA relief commodities arrive in Antigua   

• DoD, in support of USAID/OFDA, delivers two additional desalination units to facilitate safe drinking water access in French Saint-Martin   

• WFP provides 30 MT of High-Energy Biscuits to address emergency food needs in the Caribbean region

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