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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...

New tropical cyclone may form in northwest Caribbean

October 22, 2014
New tropical cyclone may form in northwest Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A low pressure area in the far southern Bay of Campeche producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Upper-level winds could become a little more conducive for development by Wednesday and, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, this system has a...

Bermuda cleans up after Gonzalo

October 20, 2014
Bermuda cleans up after Gonzalo HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda residents cleaned up on Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered the island for several hours late Friday night with sustained winds of 110 mph and wind gusts recorded of up to 144 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

Dangerous hurricane Gonzalo very near Bermuda

October 18, 2014
Dangerous hurricane Gonzalo very near Bermuda MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Gonzalo, a dangerous category three storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, closed in on Bermuda on Friday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, the eye of Hurricane Gonzalo...

Bermuda residents prepare for major hurricane Gonzalo

October 17, 2014
Bermuda residents prepare for major hurricane Gonzalo MIAMI, USA -- Bermuda residents, still recovering after being swiped by Tropical Storm Fay last Sunday, battened down on Thursday as the island prepared for Hurricane Gonzalo, which is expected to arrive on Friday afternoon as a major category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Bermuda under hurricane warning

October 16, 2014
Bermuda under hurricane warning MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane warning was issued for Bermuda on Wednesday as Hurricane Gonzalo headed directly for the island, which is still recovering after being swiped by Tropical Storm Fay last Sunday, with some roads remaining blocked and thousands of homes still without power.

Gonzalo now a major hurricane takes aim at Bermuda

October 15, 2014
Gonzalo now a major hurricane takes aim at Bermuda MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Gonzalo became a major hurricane over the open Atlantic on Tuesday as it headed towards Bermuda after lashing the eastern Caribbean with high winds and heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday. Bermuda residents fear the worst as the island is still recovering...

Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards

October 14, 2014
Gonzalo becomes a hurricane while moving through Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Gonzalo strengthened into a hurricane on Monday as it passed through the northern Leeward Islands, with additional strengthening likely. A hurricane warning was in effect for the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, St Martin and Anguilla.

Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

October 13, 2014
Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane watch was issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, and the British and US Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Gonzalo moved through the Leeward Islands on Monday, with rain bands already affecting Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda early Monday morning.

Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards

October 13, 2014
Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Fay moved away from Bermuda into the open Atlantic on Sunday after lashing the island with heavy rain and gusting winds, knocking out power for thousands of residents. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed east of the Leeward Islands on Sunday.

Subtropical storm Fay forms south of Bermuda, storm watch issued

October 11, 2014
Subtropical storm Fay forms south of Bermuda, storm watch issued MIAMI, USA -- Subtropical storm Fay formed south of Bermuda on Friday, prompting a tropical storm watch to be issued for the island. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Fay was located about 525 miles south of Bermuda, moving toward...

Cristobal to pass Bermuda as forecasters track two more disturbances

August 27, 2014
Cristobal to pass Bermuda as forecasters track two more disturbances MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Cristobal strengthened into a hurricane on Monday night as it picked up speed heading away from The Bahamas heading towards Bermuda. Meanwhile, forecasters are tracking two more disturbances in the tropical Atlantic heading towards the Caribbean.

Cristobal moves away from Bahamas; storm watch issued for Bermuda

August 26, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The Bermuda weather service issued a tropical storm watch for Bermuda on Monday as Tropical Storm Cristobal moved slowly away from the Bahamas, after depositing 12 inches of rain on the Turks and Caicos Islands over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and one fatality.

Turks and Caicos hit by heavy flooding

August 25, 2014
Turks and Caicos hit by heavy flooding PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Heavy rains from the weekend passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal caused widespread flooding in Providenciales, the most populated of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Floodwater engulfed the entire downtown area.

Storm warnings issued for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

August 24, 2014
Storm warnings issued for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Cristobal formed on Sunday over the Bahamas and storm warnings have been issued for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, where heavy rainfall is likely. Interests in the northwestern Bahamas should also monitor this system.

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