The 2001 hurricane season was above average.
In December 2000 Professor William M Gray et al, forecasted that the 2001 hurricane season would be a below average hurricane season. However, at the beginning of the 2001 hurricane season, this team updated their forecast on June 07, 2001 to indicate that the season would be above average consisting of 12 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 intense hurricanes. The long-term averages are: Tropical Storms-10, Hurricanes-6 and Major Hurricanes-2. (NOAA, 2001).
SITUATION REPORT #3 ON SEVERE WEATHER EVENT OF OCTOBER 29 2001
November 07, 2001
The emergency response to the October 29 rains is almost complete. Detailed house by house assessments have started. Only victims in isolated communities, shelters and acute cases being supplied with food. Needs and damage assessments are ongoing. The National Damage Assessment and Recovery Committee will be convened to plan recovery efforts.
1.0 THE EVENT
A hurricane warning is in effect for the northwestern and central Bahamas including Grand Bahama, the Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini, Andros, New Providence, Eluthera, Cat Island, Exumas, San Salvador, Rum Cay and Long Island.
AT 1 pm EST, Hurricane Michelle a Category 1 system, was located near latitude 25.3N and longitude 76.5W or about 45 miles east of Nassau in the Bahamas. Michelle is moving to the northeast near 19 mph.
A broad area of disturbed weather associated with an area of low pressure located southwest of Jamaica, and a stationary front across Cuba caused heavy rainfall starting in the early hours of Monday October 29 2001 in northeastern parishes of Jamaica. The area of low pressure eventually developed into Tropical Storm Michele.
The primary areas affected were the Parishes of Portland, St Mary, St Ann, St Catherine, and St Andrew. The worst effects were experienced by Portland and to a lesser extent, St Mary.
Over the past four days, a low-pressure system has been affecting Jamaica resulting in flash flooding in several parishes namely: Portland, St. Andrew, St. Ann, St. Catherine, and St. Mary as well as some sections of Trelawny and St. Thomas. In addition to rising waters there have been landslides, which has led to the blockage of roads as well as a number of bridges being destroyed. Some communities have been completely isolated. In the area of Spur Tree Hill, there has been a report of an oil spill for which clean up operations are now in process.
At 8:OOam Eastern Caribbean Time, the center of Hurricane Michelle was located near 16.7N 71.2W or approximately 433mls WSW of Nassau, Bahamas where a Hurricane Watch is in effect for the northwestern and central islands including Grand Bahama, the Abacos and New Providence.
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Hurricane Iris affected Belize during the period October 8-9, 2001. Iris a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 220 kilometers per hour (140 mph) and heavy rainfall affected the southern coastal and inland villages of Belize.
The primary areas affected were the districts of Stann Creek and Toledo.
Tropical Storm Jerry threatened the islands of the Eastern Caribbean namely Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Tobago during the period October 6th to 8th, 2001. The system with maximum wind strength of 50mph did not adversely affect any of CDERA Participating States.
Hurricane Iris, a Category 1 system threatened Jamaica resulting in the activation of the Jamaica National Emergency Operations Center on October 5, 2001. Representatives of the Jamaican Defence Force, Jamaica Public Services Company, the Ministry of Health, Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Fire Brigade attended the meeting. Communication support was provided by the Jamaica Amateur Association and the CB Association.
As the storm continued to approach, the National Response Team met on Saturday October 6 and briefed the Prime Minister.
National Emergency Management Organization Damage Assessment Sub-Committee
This evaluation is based on reports from over flights combined with baseline data, particularly population census data in the case of the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts.
A state of emergency was declared by the Prime Minister of Belize on Wednesday, October 9, 2001 after Hurricane Iris made landfall affecting a significant portion of the communities on the southern coast. The districts of Stann Creek and Toledo have been declared as disaster areas.
MESSAGE: HURRICANE IRIS MAKES LANDFALL IN SOUTHERN BELIZE
EVENT: Hurricane IRIS
DATE OF OCCURRENCE: October 08/09, 2001
At 5:00 am Eastern Caribbean Time the center of Tropical Storm Iris was located near latitude 16.0 N longitude 90.8 W or about 200mls SW of Belize City. IRIS is weakening rapidly as it interacts with the mountainous terrain of Central America.
MESSAGE: Hurricane Iris approaching the Belizean Coast
Hurricane Iris the season's first Category 4 Hurricane at 11am Eastern Caribbean Time was located near 17.0N 84.9W or approximately 225 miles east of Belize City. A Hurricane Warning continues to be in effect for the entire coast of Belize.
The National Emergency Management Organisation has been monitoring the progress of Iris and activated their EOC on Sunday, October 7, 2001.
At 11:OOam Eastern Caribbean Time, the center of newly formed Tropical Depression 12 formed near 11.2N 51.1W or approximately 740m1s East of the Windward Islands. The Depression is moving towards the WNW near 14mph with sustained winds of 30mph.