Hurricane Earl - Aug 2010
Hurricane Earl arrived near Antigua and Barbuda on late Sunday bringing 15ft waves and up to seven inches of rain in addition to hurricane force winds. Across the two islands, there are reports of fallen trees and utility poles in addition to localized flooding which prompted evacuations.
Earl developed into a Category 4 by the time it reached the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Anguilla. Early reports received from these islands indicate that there is localized flooding and minor landslides. In addition, electricity has been interrupted on many of the islands and some affected persons have moved into shelters (IFRC, 31 August 2010).
Summary: 51,127 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent's (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 10 September 2010 to support the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society (ARCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 105 families.
16 September, 2010 - Today, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) paid the
Government of Anguilla US$4,282,733 following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Earl which passed close to the island on 30 August, 2010. This amount was due to the Government based on its catastrophe insurance policy for hurricanes which forms part of the country's disaster risk management strategy.
The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies.
Warnings lifted for CDEMA Participating States; Damage Assessments being finalised
Tropical Storm Warnings have been lifted for Turks and Caicos Islands, south eastern Bahamas and San Salvador Island in the Bahamas
Hurricane Earl is now a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. Maximum winds are 125 mph (205 km/hr) with higher gusts. Some strengthening of this system is possible.
At 2 p.m., the Centre of Hurricane Earl was located at Latitude 25.7 North, Longitude 72.7 West.
This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 (as at 2:00 P.M. AST)
Impacted CDEMA Participating States assess damages in the aftermath of Hurricane Earl
Hurricane Earl has cleared the Virgin Islands.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the south eastern Bahamas.
Hurricane Earl is a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale. Maximum winds are 135 mph (215 km/hr) with higher gusts.
At 2 p.m., the Centre of Hurricane Earl was located at Latitude 21.5 North, Longitude 68.5 West.
Grand Cayman, 31 August, 2010 - The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is preparing to make a payout to the Government of Anguilla as a result of Tropical Cyclone Earl which passed close to Anguilla and other islands in the northeastern Caribbean as a major hurricane yesterday.
Early reports indicate that Earl blew the roofs off of buildings and downed many power lines in Anguilla. Severe beach erosion and flooding have also impacted the island.
Monday, August 30, 2010 (as at 8:00 A.M. AST)
Initial Impacts in CDEMA Participating States as Hurricane Earl Continues to Strengthen as it Moves Across the Northern Leeward Islands
A Hurricane Warning is still in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat and the Virgin Islands. A Hurricane Warning in this instance means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 12 hours.
Hurricane Earl is a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.