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Tropical Storm Don weakens as it moves into southern Caribbean Sea

July 20, 2017
Tropical Storm Don weakens as it moves into southern Caribbean Sea BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- After causing flight disruptions and dumping rains on the southern Caribbean islands on Tuesday, Tropical Storm Don has degenerated to an open wave in the far southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada closed its airport on Tuesday, while St Vincent and the...

Tropical Storm Don brings heavy rain and wind to Windward Islands

July 19, 2017
Tropical Storm Don brings heavy rain and wind to Windward Islands MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm conditions were expected to spread across the Windward Islands within the warning area on Tuesday night as Tropical Storm Don moved towards Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada

July 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Don formed east of the Windward Islands on Monday afternoon. A tropical storm warning was issued for Grenada and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, and...

Forecasters now monitoring two tropical systems

July 18, 2017
Forecasters now monitoring two tropical systems MIAMI, USA -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami is now monitoring two tropical systems currently moving across the Atlantic. An area of low pressure located about 525 miles east-southeast of Barbados is moving westward at 15 to 20 mph. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity...

New tropical system moving westward towards Windward Islands

July 17, 2017
New tropical system moving westward towards Windward Islands MIAMI, USA -- A low pressure trough located about 1,000 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, although this system is close to dry air, some slow development is possible over...

Forecasters monitoring new tropical system

July 11, 2017
Forecasters monitoring new tropical system MIAMI, USA -- Following the dissipation of Tropical Depression Four at the end of last week, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring a new tropical system as it moves across the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms located several...

Tropical depression accelerating westward

July 7, 2017
Tropical depression accelerating westward MIAMI, USA -- The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services issued an advisory on Thursday in relation to a tropical depression that, while on the present forecast track, will likely pass a safe distance to the north of the Caribbean on Sunday, any shift to the left of the forecast track could result...

New tropical system may threaten the Caribbean later this week

July 4, 2017
New tropical system may threaten the Caribbean later this week MIAMI, USA -- A nearly stationary broad area of low pressure located about 650 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and a tropical...

'Minor storm' causes 'major losses' in parts of Trinidad and Tobago

June 23, 2017
'Minor storm' causes 'major losses' in parts of Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- As of 5 am on June 20, 2017, the tropical storm warning that was in effect for Trinidad and Tobago was discontinued -- but in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bret, the humour and lightheartedness of storm night has taken a sobering turn. There were also reports of...

Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean

June 21, 2017
Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- After bringing gusty winds and torrential showers to Trinidad and passing to the south of Grenada on Monday night, Tropical Storm Bret moved into the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Little change in strength is forecast, with a weakening trend expected to begin later Tuesday.

Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone

June 20, 2017
Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire and Aruba. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Tropical systems continue to strengthen

June 19, 2017
Tropical systems continue to strengthen MIAMI, USA -- Two tropical systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami continued to strengthen on Sunday, with a corresponding increase in the likelihood of cyclone formation. Showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization in...

Tropical systems show signs of organisation

June 17, 2017
Tropical systems show signs of organisation MIAMI, USA -- According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, cloudiness and showers associated with a tropical wave located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continue to show signs of organization.  Slow development is possible during the next few days.

Forecasters eying two tropical systems that may impact the Caribbean

June 16, 2017
Forecasters eying two tropical systems that may impact the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami on Thursday was monitoring two tropical systems with the potential to impact the Caribbean over the next several days. A tropical wave located several hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers...

Below average Atlantic hurricane season predicted

April 8, 2017
Below average Atlantic hurricane season predicted ROAD TOWN, BVI -- A below average 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been predicted by forecasters from the Colorado State University (CSU) and AccuWeather. In their forecast, released on Thursday, hurricane researchers at the CSU predicted a slightly below-average season.

Belize to improve national rainfall monitoring and assessment

March 27, 2017
Belize to improve national rainfall monitoring and assessment 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...

Changes in BVI weather patterns observed

March 10, 2017
Changes in BVI weather patterns observed 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...

CCRIF pays Nicaragua US$1.11 million after Hurricane Otto

December 15, 2016
CCRIF pays Nicaragua US$1.11 million after Hurricane Otto 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...

Caribbean islands recover from devastating rains

December 9, 2016
Caribbean islands recover from devastating rains 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.

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.

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