Hurricane Lenny Traversing the Caribbean
The twelfth named tropical system of the current Atlantic Hurricane Season, formed in the Southwest Caribbean over the weekend and was upgraded to Hurricane Lenny late Sunday afternoon. At 11am Eastern Caribbean Time this morning Lenny was located near latitude 15.0 north, longitude 76.2 west or about 205 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica. Lenny is moving towards the east-southeast near 10 mph and this motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph with higher gusts. Some further strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch remain in effect for Jamaica however these may be lowered later today. A hurricane watch remains in effect for the south coast of Haiti. Hurricane and/or tropical storm watches may be required for the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands later today.
Given the forecast rack of Hurricane Lenny all interests in the Northeast Caribbean are being advised to closely monitor the progress of the system. The Coordinating Unit has already initiated contact with the Eastern Caribbean Donors Group and the RSS to advise of them of the current situation.
All other members of the Regional Response Mechanism are hereby advised to closely monitor the situation with respect to Hurricane Lenny and to be prepared to mobilise with little advance notice.
The 24hr contact number for the Coordinating Unit is (246) 436 9651.
The CDERA Coordinating Unit will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.
CARIBBEAN DISASTER EMERGENCY RESPONSE
The Garrison, St. Micheal
TEL: (246) 436-9651
FAX: (246) 437-7649
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