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02 Jun 2009 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 2, 2009 (CDERA) - "The prediction for an average hurricane season is no reason to become complacent and not prepare," cautioned Jeremy Collymore, Coordinator of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) at the Annual Press Conference, held today (June 2) at the CDERA Coordinating Unit (CU) in Barbados.

Compared to last year's predictions for a very active hurricane season, the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season is forecasted to have 11 named storms, 5 hurricanes and two (2) hurricanes reaching category 3 or above.

Collymore observed …

07 Sep 2008 description

Message: Update on Impacts of Tropical Weather Systems on CDERA Participating States

THE EVENT

The CDERA Participating States of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands were impacted by Tropical Weather Systems over the period August 23- September 8, 2008 that have left a trail of death, damage and destruction.

Trinidad and Tobago experienced heavy rainfall on August 23 and 27, and September 7 2008.

The intense rains and high winds caused extensive flash and riverine flooding, damage to roofs, fallen trees and landslides in several …

31 Aug 2008 description

The Event: Hurricane Gustav, which impacted Jamaica on August 29 as a Tropical Storm, has left a total of 10 confirmed fatalities and 1123 persons in shelter.

As a consequence of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Gustav, reports from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) have revealed that as of 10:00pm Saturday (August 30)50 shelters remained open housing 862 persons island wide (details of the shelters are available as a PDF document Release #23).

ODPEM also reports that a total of ten (10) fatalities have already been confirmed and that the …

30 Aug 2008 description


The Event: Hurricane Gustav, which impacted Jamaica on August 29 as a Tropical Storm, and is now a category 3 hurricane, no longer poses a major threat to Jamaica. Jamaica’s Meteorological Service has lifted the Tropical Storm Warning that was in effect for the island. A significant decrease in rainfall has already been observed over eastern parishes and will soon be experienced across the rest of the island. Weather conditions will therefore return to normal today.

29 Aug 2008 description

The Event: The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has downgraded the Hurricane Warning for Jamaica to a Tropical Storm Warning with immediate effect as Tropical Storm Gustav begins to move away from the island. Tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 40-74 mph (63-117 km/h), are expected to continue affecting Jamaica.

The Prognosis: At 500 PM, Aug 29, 2008, Gustav became a hurricane over the Northwestern Caribbean. The center of Hurricane Gustav was located near latitude 19.2 North longitude and 79.7 West or about 100 miles (160 km) East of Grand Cayman.

29 Aug 2008 description

The Event: Tropical Storm Gustav nears the southwestern coast of Jamaica and heads towards the Cayman Island. At 8.00 EDT today (Friday August 29,) the centre of TS Gustav was located near latitude 18.3 north and longitude 78.3 west near the western end of Jamaica or about 100 miles (or 160 km) west northwest Kingston, Jamaica and about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Grand Cayman.

The Prognosis: Gustav is moving towards the west northwest at about 8 miles per hour (13kh/hr). It is expected to move towards the northwest by tomorrow.

29 Aug 2008 description

TS Gustav moves out of Jamaica, heads to Cayman: Aug 29, 2008

ADVISORY # 5

The Event: Tropical Strom Gustav nears the southwestern coast of Jamaica and heads towards the Cayman Island. At 8.00 EDT today (Friday August 29,) the centre of TS Gustav was located near latitude 18.3 north and longitude 78.3 west near the western end of Jamaica or about 100 miles (or 160 km) west northwest Kingston, Jamaica and about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Grand Cayman.

The Prognosis: Gustav is moving towards the west northwest at about 8 miles per hour (13kh/hr).

29 Aug 2008 description

Barbados (CDERA) Aug 29: The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica has reported significant damage to infrastructure, severe flooding and landslides in some areas as a result of Tropical Storm Gustav which continues to linger over the western portion of the island.

A hurricane warning remains in effect for the entire island as torrential rainfall and windy conditions associated with Gustav continues to affect the island.

28 Aug 2008 description


Advisory #4: Gustav moves across Jamaica

The Event: Gustav is pouring heavy rains on Jamaica as a Hurricane Warning remains in effect. At 5:00pm EDT today (August 28), the centre of Tropical Storm Gustav was located near Latitude 18.1 North, Longitude 76.6 West, or about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east northeast of Kingston, Jamaica or about 310 miles (505 kilometres) east southeast of Grand Cayman.

28 Aug 2008 description

Hurricane Warning issued for Jamaica August 28, 2008, 07:30 hrs EDT

ADVISORY #2

The Event: At 8am today (Thursday Aug. 28) The Government of Jamaica issued a Hurricane Warning for Jamaica. At 7:30 EDT. The centre of Tropical Storm Gustav was located near latitude 17.8 North...Longitude 75.6 West or about 80 miles (130Kilometres) east of Kingston Jamaica.

The Prognosis: Gustav remains a Tropical Storm but is expected to become a Hurricane later today.

28 Aug 2008 description

Gustav closes in on Jamaica: August 28, 2008, 11:00hrs EDT

ADVISORY #3

The Event: The Government of Jamaica has shut down the country as Tropical Storm Gustav closes in on the island. At 11:00 am EDT today (August 28), a Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Jamaica. The Centre of Tropical Storm Gustav was located near Latitude 17.9 North, Longitude 76.1 West, or about 45 miles (75 Kilometres) east of Kingston, Jamaica.

Prognosis: The eye of TS Gustav is expected to pass over Morant Point, Jamaica at 2:00pm (EDT) today.

26 Aug 2008 description

Hurricane Watch issued for Jamaica - August 26, 2008, 1100 hrs (11:00 a.m.) EDT

ADVISORY # 1

The Event: At 0800hrs EDT (8:00 a.m.) EDT, the center of Hurricane Gustav was located near latitude 17.5 N North and longitude 72.0 West, or about about 75 miles (or 120 km) South-Southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and about 265 miles (or 424 km) Southeast of Guantanamo, Cuba.

The Prognosis: Gustav is a Category One hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

02 Nov 2007 description

Message: Update on impact of Noel to CDERA Participating States

THE EVENT:

Tropical Storm Noel affected the CDERA Participating States of Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas from Monday October 29, 2007 to Friday November 2, 2007.

The heavy rains associated with this system caused landslides and severe flooding to the Bahamas and Jamaica. The situation on the ground is improving as the water has begun to recede.

Two confirmed deaths have been attributed to Noel.

THE BAHAMAS

The National Emergency Management Agency has reported that damage assessment teams were …

22 Aug 2007 description

REF: 22/08/07 - TC/2007/000135/10

Message: CDERA's Regional Response Mechanism is "Stood Down"

Update August 22, 2007, 7.00 pm EDT

The Event: Hurricane Dean impacted several of CDERA Participating States during the period Friday August 17- Tuesday August 21. Dean's passage through the Eastern Caribbean was as a Category 2 Hurricane, strengthening to a Category 4 as it moved across southern Jamaica and reaching the level of Category 5 as it impacted Belize.

22 Aug 2007 description

Response Actions, Recovery and Rehabilitation Needs

Report Prepared by the Coordinating Unit of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)

1.0 THE EVENT

Hurricane Dean impacted several of CDERA Participating States during the period Friday August 17 to Tuesday August 21, 2007.

21 Aug 2007 description


REF: 21/08/07 – TC/2007/000135/11

Message: CDERA Mounts Level Two Response to Hurricane Dean Impact

Update August 21, 2007, 4.00 pm EDT

The Event: Hurricane Dean impacted several of CDERA Participating States during the period Friday August 17- Tuesday August 21. Dean's passage through the Eastern Caribbean was as a Category 2 Hurricane, strengthening to a Category 4 as it moved across Jamaica and reaching the level of Category 5 as it impacted Belize.

Six deaths have been caused by Hurricane Dean in the CDERA Participating States.

20 Aug 2007 description

Significant Damage reported in Jamaica, August 20, 2007, 11.00am EDT

The Event: Hurricane Dean impacted the Lesser Antilles on Friday August 17, 2007 as a Category 2 Hurricane Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale and as a Category four during its passage across Jamaica on Sunday August 19. As Dean moved past Jamaica maximum sustained winds were near 145 mph (230 km/hr).

Dean caused the deaths of two persons in Dominica and one in Saint Lucia. Generally the damage to the islands of the Lesser Antilles was minimal.

19 Aug 2007 description

Hurricane Dean begins to affect Jamaica, August 19 2007, 3.00 pm EDT

The Event: Hurricane Dean began impacting the Caribbean islands early Friday August 17, 2007 as a Category 2 Hurricane Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale.

19 Aug 2007 description

Hurricane Dean, a Category Four Hurricane, impacted Jamaica between Sunday August 19 and the early hours of Monday August 20.

SITUATION UPDATE

Rapid damage assessments is ongoing. Full Damage Assessment Teams will be dispatched tomorrow. An initial situation report will be issued by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) later this evening.

Following is a preliminary report from ODPEM:

Casualties

Two deaths have been confirmed at this time

Damage

Roof damage is extensive.

18 Aug 2007 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, Saturday August 18, 2007 (CDERA)

The Event: Hurricane Dean began impacting the Caribbean islands early Friday August 17, 2007 as a Category 2 Hurricane Saffir/Simpson hurricane scale. Hurricane warnings were posted for Saint Lucia and Dominica and Tropical Storm warnings for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada and its dependencies, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis and St.