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Caribbean: Hurricane Emily OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0112

OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Hurricane Emily - The Caribbean
16 July 2005

This message is not an official hurricane warning or alert for any country.

1. At 15:00 UTC, Hurricane Emily was located near latitude 16.2 North, longitude 77.3 West or about 130 miles/200 Km south-southwest of Kingston, Jamaica, moving toward the West-Southwest near 18 MPH/ 30 Km/HR with maximum sustained winds near 145 MPH/230 Km/HR which makes Emily a category four hurricane.

2. A hurricane warning remains in effect for Jamaica and for the Cayman Islands. At 15:00 UTC, the Government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Chetumal to Cabo Catoche, including the Islas Mujeres.

Situation in Grenada

3. The Government of Grenada has declared a state of emergency that remains in effect with a curfew from 7 pm to 6 am. According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), this emergency has been classified as Level Two Response, which means that Grenada can largely handle the damage on its own but may require some external assistance.

4. Some 2,641 dwellings registered roof damages. Many homes were destroyed in Petit Martinique and Carriacou. The hospital in Carriacou lost part of its roof and patients were taken into another section of the building. Some 167 families have been rendered homeless.

5. Relief operations have started in key areas and damage assessment is ongoing.

Situation in Jamaica

6. Preparations to brace the impact continue as hurricane Emily passes south of the island. Some one thousand persons have been evacuated to temporary shelters as a precautionary measure.

7. OCHA remains in close contact with the Offices of the UN Resident Coordinator in Barbados (covering Grenada), and Jamaica and will revert with further information as required.

8. For tracking and further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.

9. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23
E-mail: ochagva@un.org

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers:

Mr. Ricardo Mena, Ms.Charlotta Benedek
direct Tel. +41-22-917 14 55, 917 1205
E-mail: menar@un.org, benedek@un.org

Press contact:

(GVA) Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, Direct Tel. +41-22-917 2653
(N.Y.) Ms. Stephanie Bunker, Direct Tel. +1-917-892 1669


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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