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Rainy week in Eastern Caribbean causes property, infrastructure damage

December 3, 2016
Rainy week in Eastern Caribbean causes property, infrastructure damage 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...

Torrential rains hit the Caribbean

December 1, 2016
Torrential rains hit the Caribbean 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.

Slightly weaker Otto heads for Central America with torrential rains

November 24, 2016
Slightly weaker Otto heads for Central America with torrential rains 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...

Otto becomes seventh hurricane of 2016 season

November 23, 2016
Otto becomes seventh hurricane of 2016 season 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...

Late season tropical storm forms in the Caribbean

November 22, 2016
Late season tropical storm forms in the Caribbean 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.

Forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm

November 15, 2016
Forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm 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...

Hurricane Nicole lashes Bermuda with 115 mph winds and torrential rain

October 14, 2016
Hurricane Nicole lashes Bermuda with 115 mph winds and torrential rain 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.

Bermuda prepares for a direct hit from Hurricane Nicole

October 13, 2016
Bermuda prepares for a direct hit from Hurricane Nicole 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.

Stronger Hurricane Nicole forecast to approach Bermuda on Wednesday

October 12, 2016
Stronger Hurricane Nicole forecast to approach Bermuda on Wednesday 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.

Hurricane watch issued for Bermuda

October 11, 2016
Hurricane watch issued for Bermuda 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...

Nicole forecast to become a hurricane again as it heads towards Bermuda

October 10, 2016
Nicole forecast to become a hurricane again as it heads towards Bermuda 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...

Nicole aims at Bermuda, while Matthew may return to Bahamas

October 8, 2016
Nicole aims at Bermuda, while Matthew may return to Bahamas 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...

Storm surge forces residents to flee as Matthew pounds Bahamas

October 7, 2016
Storm surge forces residents to flee as Matthew pounds Bahamas 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...

Nicole now a hurricane; forecast to meander south of Bermuda

October 7, 2016
Nicole now a hurricane; forecast to meander south of Bermuda 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.

Bahamas residents urged to evacuate coastal areas

October 6, 2016
Bahamas residents urged to evacuate coastal areas 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...

Bermuda may be caught between two storms as latest tropical wave heads to the Caribbean

October 6, 2016
Bermuda may be caught between two storms as latest tropical wave heads to the Caribbean 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...

Hurricane Matthew leaves a trail of devastation across Haiti

October 5, 2016
Hurricane Matthew leaves a trail of devastation across Haiti 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

New tropical storm forms in the Atlantic as another system moves towards the Caribbean

October 5, 2016
New tropical storm forms in the Atlantic as another system moves towards the Caribbean 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...

Haiti braces for life-threatening wind and rain from Hurricane Matthew

October 4, 2016
Haiti braces for life-threatening wind and rain from Hurricane Matthew 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.

Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016
Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew 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...

Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti

October 2, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti 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...

Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica

October 1, 2016
Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica 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.

Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean

September 30, 2016
Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean 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...

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday

September 28, 2016
Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft on Tuesday indicated that a tropical wave located about 250 miles east of Barbados does not yet have a closed surface circulation. However, the system is producing winds to near tropical storm force and...

Tropical system becomes better organised as it approaches southern Caribbean

September 27, 2016
Tropical system becomes better organised as it approaches southern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure located about 950 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands have increased and become slightly better organized since Sunday. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Karl brushes Bermuda; Matthew likely to form en route towards Caribbean

September 26, 2016
Karl brushes Bermuda; Matthew likely to form en route towards Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Karl passed southeast of Bermuda early Saturday, lashing the island with high winds and squalls before turning towards the north Atlantic. Meanwhile, a new low pressure area has a high (90 percent) chance of becoming tropical cyclone Matthew over the...

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