Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/0151
OCHA Geneva Situation Report No.3
22 August 2000
(Forecast by National Hurricane Center and Graphic by Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Center )
NOTE: 2212Z means the same as 22 August at 1200 GMT
This message is not an official hurricane warning or alert for any country
1. The National Weather Centre in Miami reports that on 22 August 2000, 1200GMT (2212Z), the center of Hurricane "Debby" was located near latitude 18.2 north and longitude 63.5 west or about 65 miles (105km) east-southeast of the British Virgin Islands. Hurricane "Debby" is moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph (33 km/hr) and this motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
2. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/hr) with higher gusts, which makes Hurricane "Debby" a category one (1) hurricane, according to the Saffir Simpson Scale. In this scale, hurricanes are classified in five categories according to the winds' speed: Category one (1) hurricanes are characterised by winds between 74-95 mph (119-151km/h) and those of category five (5) have winds of more than 155 mph (248 km/h).
3. A hurricane watch is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and for northern Haiti north of Port au Prince. Hurricane warnings remain in effect for the Leeward Islands from Anguilla and St. Eustatius westward through the British and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and its surrounding islands, as well as for the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Hurricane warnings have been discontinued for Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and Guadeloupe. The tropical storm warning has been discontinued for Dominica.
Contingency planning as reported by Offices of the United Nations Resident Coordinators
4. The United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) in Barbados met on 15 August to further review and update its contingency planning. The Eastern Caribbean Donor Group for Disaster Management is also evaluating/reviewing pre-impact measures to be taken on the basis of their "Operations Order".
5. The Cuban Civil Defence is following very closely the development of Hurricane "Debby" and considering measures if the Hurricane "Debby" continues its current track. Local civil defence authorities in Eastern Cuba have alerted the population and are currently updating their contingency plans.
6. The United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT) in the Dominican Republic has reviewed and updated the preparations for the present hurricane season to delineate a contingency plan, including coordination mechanisms, identification of an operations center and logistics. The Dominican Republic Civil Defence has alerted the population about the possible impact of this hurricane.
7. A capacity building project carried out by UNDP with the Government of Haiti, on the basis of lessons learned after the impact of Hurricane "George" in 1998, has strengthened national coordination response mechanisms.
8. For further information and updates on Hurricane "Debby", please refer to the National Hurricane Center (USA) at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
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