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Caribbean - Hurricane Debby OCHA Situation Report No. 4

Situation Report
Originally published

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000
Hurricane "Debby"
The Caribbean
OCHA Geneva Situation Report No. 4
23 August 2000

(Forecast by National Hurricane Center and Graphic by Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Center )
NOTE: 23212Z means the same as 23 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 23 August 2000, 1200GMT (2312Z), the center of Hurricane "Debby" was located near latitude 19.8 north and longitude 69.7 west or about 140 miles (220 km) southeast of Grand Turk Island. Hurricane "Debby" is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (29 km/hr) and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed over the next 24 hours. This motion should bring the storm along or just north of the northern coast of the Dominican Republic today. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/hr) with higher gusts particularly in mountainous areas. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours as the center moves near the coast of the Dominican Republic.

2. Hurricane warnings are in effect for the central and southeast Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and for the north coast of the Dominican Republic. A hurricane watch is in effect for the north coast of Cuba for the Provinces of Guantanamo, Holguin and Las Tunas. A hurricane watch remains in effect for the northwest Bahamas. A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch are in effect or Haiti north of Port au Prince.

3. According to press reports, Hurricane "Debby" had little impact in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and there were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage from St. Maarten, Saba, Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.

Contingency planning as reported by Offices of the United Nations Resident Coordinators

4. In Haiti, the State of Alert was declared on 21 August. Preparatory measures are underway for the northern and central departments as well as for the Artibonite Department. Disaster management institutions have been activated, in particular the Emergency Operations Center under the coordination of the National Civil Protection (DPC). Departmental Committees are also on alert.

5. The National Civil Protection has been working on preparatory measures with concerned governmental agencies, the United Nations System, the multilateral/bilateral agencies, the NGOs and the press. The authorities have been issuing three-hourly weather reports and have asked all agencies present in the field to assist in informing the population about preparatory/preventive measures. In the context of its response system the National Civil Protection has identified the management of temporary shelters as the one that will need some improvement.

6. The United Nations Management Team (UNDMT) in Haiti is reviewing/updating their disaster response preparedness measures in coordination with the national authorities.

7. According to the Cuban Civil Defense, preparations for the evacuation of persons living in low-lying areas are ready in the three Easternmost Provinces of Cuba as well as other emergency procedures. Provisions have also been adopted for the removal of cattle. Reservoirs have been readied for storing excess drainage from rivers and mountain areas.

8. For further information and updates on Hurricane "Debby", please refer to the National Hurricane Center (USA) at

9. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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