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Erica evaporates; Fred forms

August 31, 2015
Erica evaporates; Fred forms MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Sunday, as its remnants brought heavy rain to parts of eastern Cuba and heavy showers and thunderstorms to the northwest Caribbean. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fred formed just off the coast of West Africa and is forecast to become a hurricane...

Erika moving over Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds

August 29, 2015
Erika moving over Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Erika was moving over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday evening and was expected to be near the southeastern Bahamas or eastern Cuba on Saturday. On Thursday Erika dumped some 12 inches of torrential rainfall on Dominica, causing widespread flooding.

Four dead in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika brings rain and floods

August 28, 2015
Four dead in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika brings rain and floods MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika dumped almost nine inches of torrential rainfall on Dominica, causing widespread flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people on the island, as the system crossed the Eastern Caribbean and headed towards Puerto Rico.

Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika

August 27, 2015
Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika MIAMI, USA -- The Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday prepared for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, which was expected to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands on Wednesday night, move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on...

New Tropical Storm Erika heads towards Leeward Islands

August 26, 2015
New Tropical Storm Erika heads towards Leeward Islands MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika, which formed in the Atlantic late Monday, is expected to affect the northern Leeward Islands by Wednesday night. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, the centre of Tropical Storm Erika was located...

Another tropical cyclone likely to form as Danny disintegrates

August 25, 2015
Another tropical cyclone likely to form as Danny disintegrates MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane on Monday indicated that tropical cyclone Danny has degenerated into a trough of low pressure located about 45 miles (70 km) west-southwest of Guadeloupe. Meanwhile, another low pressure system located about 950 miles east of...

Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind

August 24, 2015
Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Danny decreased in intensity over the weekend as expected as it approached the Leeward Islands on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h), with higher gusts. Forecasters are also watching two other tropical systems emerging off the west...

Danny now major hurricane but expected to weaken

August 22, 2015
Danny now major hurricane but expected to weaken MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Danny increased in intensity on Friday as it continued west-northwest towards the Caribbean. Maximum sustained winds were near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts, which makes Danny a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Tobago experiencing its driest rainy season on record

August 22, 2015
Tobago experiencing its driest rainy season on record SCARBOROUGH, Tobago -- The island of Tobago is experiencing one of its driest periods on record this year. The disclosure comes from meteorologist specialist attached to the Meteorological Office at the ANR Robinson International Airport, Emanuel Moolchand. He said February to July this year was...

Danny strengthens into first hurricane of 2015 season

August 21, 2015
Danny strengthens into first hurricane of 2015 season MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Danny strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Thursday; however, its impact on the Caribbean remained uncertain. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday...

Tropical Storm Danny moves slowly westward across Atlantic

August 20, 2015
Tropical Storm Danny moves slowly westward across Atlantic MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Danny continued its movement west across the Atlantic on Wednesday. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Danny could still become a hurricane by Friday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday...

Tropical Storm Danny forms, heading towards Caribbean

August 19, 2015
Tropical Storm Danny forms, heading towards Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Danny formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday and additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Danny is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday...

Tropical system continues to develop as it moves west towards the Caribbean

August 18, 2015
Tropical system continues to develop as it moves west towards the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an area of low pressure designated as Invest 96 L located several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands continues to show signs of organization. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, environmental conditions...

Tropical wave heading west towards Caribbean

August 17, 2015
Tropical wave heading west towards Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave accompanied by a surface low pressure system is producing a concentrated area of disturbed weather a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands as it moves westward towards the Caribbean at around 15 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center...

BVI remains under drought watch: Only 3.5 inches of rain in 2015

July 13, 2015
BVI remains under drought watch: Only 3.5 inches of rain in 2015 ROAD TOWN, BVI -- A drought watch remains in effect for the British Virgin Islands, given the significant reduction in rainfall recorded for the first half of this year. Rainfall statistics accumulated by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) for the period January to June reveal a total of only 3.5 inches.

Trinidad hosts preparatory Caribbean meeting for hurricane season

July 8, 2015
Trinidad hosts preparatory Caribbean meeting for hurricane season PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Aiming to strengthen the regional response system through clear coordination of roles and responsibilities during a hurricane or other emergencies, the Pan-American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent...

UN issues first-ever heat-wave warning guidelines as global temperatures soar

July 2, 2015
UN issues first-ever heat-wave warning guidelines as global temperatures soar NEW YORK, USA -- Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heat-waves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring...

Hurricane season begins; region warned to brace for up to 11 storms

June 2, 2015
Hurricane season begins; region warned to brace for up to 11 storms BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began on Monday, June 1, and ends November 30. The US-based National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted six to 11 named storms for this season even as regional disaster officials warned...

It's never too early to prepare for the hurricane season, says St Kitts-Nevis PM

May 30, 2015
It's never too early to prepare for the hurricane season, says St Kitts-Nevis PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- “It’s never too early to begin to prepare for hurricanes,” said St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, Dr Timothy Harris, as he underscored personal and national preparedness during a press conference on Wednesday. The Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1.

Eastern Cuban city hard hit by strong local storm

May 9, 2015
Eastern Cuban city hard hit by strong local storm HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A strong local storm hit the eastern city of Las Tunas in Cuba on Thursday, felling trees, and causing floods that affected streets and homes and cut of power. Civil defence forces and firefighters rapidly deployed in the affected areas and evacuated residents to safe places.

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Eastern Cuba

May 6, 2015
Heavy rains wreak havoc in Eastern Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Heavy rains in the last days caused damage to hundreds of houses, the electrical grid, crops and some roads in the mountainous municipality of Baracoa, in Cuban easternmost Guantanamo province. The torrential rains, some 13.75 inches (35 cm) in two days, caused rivers in the region...

High temperature records broken in Cuba

April 29, 2015
High temperature records broken in Cuba HOLGUIN, Cuba (ACN) -- The second highest temperature in the history of weather records in Cuba and the highest in the province of Holguin was reported last Sunday by two weather stations in the area, which recorded 38.7 degrees Celsius (101.66 deg F). These reports were recorded at...

Caribbean and Central American countries formalise partnership for catastrophe risk insurance

April 20, 2015
Caribbean and Central American countries formalise partnership for catastrophe risk insurance WASHINGTON, USA -- The Council of Ministers of Finance of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (COSEFIN) and CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding that enables Central American...

'Well below-average' Atlantic hurricane season forecast for 2015

April 13, 2015
'Well below-average' Atlantic hurricane season forecast for 2015 FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- Forecasters from Colorado State University are predicting a "well below-average" Atlantic hurricane season for 2015. The forecast calls for seven tropical storms, of which three will become hurricanes and one will become a major hurricane. In an average year there are...

Record low temperature in Cuba for February

February 23, 2015
Record low temperature in Cuba for February HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban Institute of Meteorology reported that early Friday morning it registered a temperature of one degree Celsius (33.8oF) in the town of Union Reyes, in western Matanzas province, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Cuba for the month of February.

Tropical wave brings gusty winds and heavy rain across parts of Lesser Antilles

October 29, 2014
Tropical wave brings gusty winds and heavy rain across parts of Lesser Antilles MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave interacting with an upper-level trough continues to produce a large area of cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms from the Lesser Antilles eastward over the Atlantic Ocean for several hundred miles.  According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

A rainy Divali for Tobago brings floods and landslides

October 25, 2014
A rainy Divali for Tobago brings floods and landslides SCARBOROUGH, Tobago -- A rainy Divali holiday resulted in flooding, landslides and structural damage across Tobago as the island experienced heavy rains from late Wednesday through Thursday when a tropical wave passed through the Lesser Antilles. The rains associated with this system...

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