News from the Caribbean:
March 27, 2017
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) and the government of Belize have signed an agreement for CCRIF to provide US$100,000 to the government to purchase 40-50 automatic weather stations that will provide the Meteorological...
March 10, 2017
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has noted changes in weather patterns across the British Virgin Islands when compared to historical data. According to data published on the World Bank Group Climate Change Knowledge Portal, the average temperatures...
December 15, 2016
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) has made a payout of US$1,110,193 to the government of Nicaragua as a result of the passage of Hurricane Otto, which triggered a payment on the country’s tropical cyclone...
December 9, 2016
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A tropical disturbance, caused by a trough of low pressure, provoked severe weather conditions in several Central-Eastern Caribbean islands recently. Thundershowers and torrential rainfall began on November 28, 2016, and continued well into the end of the month.
December 3, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CEDEMA), through its national disaster coordinators on the ground, has provided this summary of conditions in affected member states during this week’s tropical disturbance, which brought heavy...
December 1, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Torrential rains and flooding hit several Caribbean islands this week, bringing some relief to a drought in the region so severe that Suriname is considering exporting its water to hard-hit islands by towing it in giant bags made from PVC-coated fabric.
November 24, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Late season tropical cyclone Otto weakened slightly from hurricane force to a tropical storm as it took aim at Costa Rica and Nicaragua in Central America. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 4:00 pm EST on Wednesday, the centre of...
November 23, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Late-season tropical cyclone Otto strengthened into a hurricane on Tuesday and a hurricane warning could be required for portions of the coast of Nicaragua or Costa Rica later Tuesday night or early Wednesday. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...
November 22, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- After several days of threatening to become a tropical cyclone right at the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Otto has formed in the Caribbean about 190 miles (305 km) east-southeast of San Andres Island and about 315 miles (505 km) east of Bluefields, Nicaragua.
November 15, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Surface pressures are slowly falling over the southwestern Caribbean Sea, and a broad low pressure system is expected to form in this area during the next day or two. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, environmental conditions are forecast...
October 14, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Nicole moved out into the Atlantic on Thursday afternoon, after lashing Bermuda with 115 mph winds and torrential rain. According to minister of national security, Senator Jeffrey Baron, there were “significant” power outages throughout the island.
October 13, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Bermuda battened down on Wednesday in preparation for the imminent approach of Hurricane Nicole, which was expected to hit the island directly on Thursday morning. Government schools closed on Wednesday at noon and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday.
October 12, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Nicole continued to strengthen on Tuesday, as a hurricane warning was issued for Bermuda. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin on Bermuda by Wednesday night, with tropical storm conditions beginning Wednesday afternoon.
October 11, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- The Bermuda Weather Service on Monday issued a hurricane watch for Bermuda as Tropical Storm Nicole picked up speed heading towards the island and was forecast to regain hurricane force by Tuesday. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...
October 10, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm was slowly strengthening on Sunday and is forecast to regain hurricane force by Monday afternoon as it begins a slow northward movement towards Bermuda after meandering for several days in the open Atlantic. According to the National Hurricane Center...
October 8, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Nicole in the Atlantic weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and, after a continued period of meandering, is forecast to approach Bermuda between Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Meanwhile, after hugging the coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas...
October 7, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- A rapid storm surge in southern New Providence forced residents to evacuate their homes on Thursday morning as Hurricane Matthew battered The Bahamas. Ebony Thompson, a 15-year resident of the area, spoke to The Nassau Guardian just minutes after she and her family...
October 7, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Nicole strengthened into a hurricane on Thursday, with maximum sustained winds near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Although some additional strengthening is expected Thursday night, weakening is forecast by late Friday through Saturday.
October 6, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- As the potentially catastrophic Hurricane Matthew started its approach toward The Bahamas, Prime Minister Perry Christie urged residents on the southern coast of all islands to consider evacuating to higher ground. “The best advice that I have received is that if you live on...
October 6, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Nicole, which formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday, has changed its path and is heading towards Bermuda. According to the Bermuda Weather Service, the system is a potential threat the island, with its closest point of approach within three days forecast to be...
October 5, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm in the Caribbean for several years, swept across southwest Haiti on Tuesday, leaving a trail of death and devastation over much of the country, with homes and plantations destroyed, livestock swept away and widespread flooding
October 5, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Nicole formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday and, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, was located about 510 miles (820 km) northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, moving toward the northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue over the...
October 4, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- The centre of powerful category four Hurricane Matthew was expected to approach southwestern Haiti on Monday night, bringing with it 140 mph winds and torrential rains of 15 to 25 inches, and as much as 40 inches in some areas. Coastal flooding was already reported in some areas.
October 3, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Preparations were underway in Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday in anticipation of the approach of the powerful category four Hurricane Matthew on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by several ministers and...
October 2, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, which remained a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Saturday, is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday, bringing life-threatening rainfall to portions of Haiti. The government of Jamaica...
October 1, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Matthew rapidly strengthened to a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and on its forecast track the centre will move north across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.
September 30, 2016
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Matthew strengthened to hurricane force on Thursday after leaving one dead and causing widespread flooding and landslides as it slowly made its way across the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday evening. Officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed...