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CDERA Advisory 2 on Hurricane Debby

Situation Report
Originally published
Hurricane Debby continued to move through the northern Leeward Islands heading toward the Virgin Islands.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and for the 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 US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and its surrounding islands and for the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

On August 22, 2000, at 8:00 am the center of Hurricane Debby was located near Latitude 18.2 North...Longitude 63.5 west or about 65 miles (105km) east-southeast of the British Virgin Islands. Debby is moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph (33km/hr) and this motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

As Debby continues to impact the Northeast Caribbean, CDERA has heightened its Response Planning in preparation to assist any member state which may be affected. At CDERA's request, an emergency Meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Donor Group was convened last evening at 4:00 pm at the UNDP'S Office to strategise on the Groups' response if it became necessary to mobilise.

CDERA briefed the Meeting on the status of readiness in each of the threatened states. All states reported taking adequate preparedness steps ahead of the advancing storm. The Meeting confirmed that members of the Donor Group's Reconnaissance Team would be available and ready to be deployed. Terms of references for technical support teams/persons are also being shared by CDERA to prepare members for their mission.

It was agreed that if it became necessary to deploy the Recce Team, that this would be done on Wednesday morning, August 22. All members would be on standby in the interim.

The Meeting also noted that CARIFESTA was taking place in St. Kitts/Nevis and the Contingency Plan prepared to deal with any emergencies which may affect it.

As Hurricane Debby clears the NE Region later today CDERA will issue Situation Reports as information is received.

The Regional Response Mechanism remains on full alert.

The CDERA Coordinating Unit will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.