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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.

Tropical depression likely to form this weekend near Bahamas

August 23, 2014
Tropical depression likely to form this weekend near Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased in association with a small area of low pressure located just north of the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and the disturbance may develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm as it moves over...

High winds and heavy rains expected across Lesser Antilles

August 22, 2014
High winds and heavy rains expected across Lesser Antilles MIAMI, USA -- An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found tropical-storm-force winds on the northeast side of a small low pressure area approaching the Leeward Islands on Thursday. However, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the circulation associated...

Tropical weather system heads towards Lesser Antilles

August 21, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure located several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands became a little better organized on Wednesday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

CDB welcomes new regional insurance product

August 21, 2014
CDB welcomes new regional insurance product BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has welcomed the inception of an excess rainfall insurance package from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and also commended the countries in the region that have purchased a policy for 2014-15.

Forecasters watching two tropical Atlantic disturbances

August 20, 2014
Forecasters watching two tropical Atlantic disturbances MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters are currently keeping an eye on two areas of disturbed weather in the tropical Atlantic that may have the potential to develop into cyclones. The first is disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity in association with an elongated area of low pressure that extends from...

Tropical Storm Bertha moving away from the Bahamas

August 4, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha moving away from the Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Bertha was beginning to move away from the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday night and all storm warnings have been discontinued. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday, the center of Tropical Storm Bertha was located...

Tropical Storm Bertha passes just south of Puerto Rico

August 2, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha passes just south of Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was passing just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday morning, moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected by Saturday night, with this motion continuing through Sunday night.

Tropical Storm Bertha moves into northeast Caribbean

August 2, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha moves into northeast Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- At 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was located 20 miles northwest of Fort de France, Martinique, and about 405 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the system moved into the northeastern Caribbean Sea. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean

August 1, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Bertha formed in the western Atlantic on Thursday night and a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent.

Disturbed weather system could bring rain and winds to Eastern Caribbean this weekend

August 1, 2014
Disturbed weather system could bring rain and winds to Eastern Caribbean this weekend MIAMI, USA -- An area of disturbed weather located about 500 miles east of the Windward Islands could bring increased rainfall and winds just shy of tropical storm strength to the Eastern Caribbean on Saturday night into Sunday. National Weather Service chief meteorologist Roberto Garcia...

Tropical depression heads towards Lesser Antilles

July 22, 2014
Tropical depression heads towards Lesser Antilles MIAMI, USA -- The second tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season formed on Monday about 1,205 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, moving toward the west near 16 mph. This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Arthur: The first of a new generation of hurricanes?

July 7, 2014
Arthur: The first of a new generation of hurricanes? WASHINGTON, USA -- In a feature release last Thursday under the above headline, the World Bank stated that rising sea levels caused by global warming are forcing Caribbean countries to prepare themselves better to face severe weather events. Arthur, the first hurricane of 2014...

NASA widens its 2014 hurricane research mission

May 31, 2014
NASA widens its 2014 hurricane research mission WASHINGTON, USA -- During the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, NASA is redoubling its efforts to probe the inner workings of hurricanes and tropical storms with two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flying over storms and two new space-based missions. Collecting and sharing the data help protect the...

'Quiet' hurricane season forecast for 2014

April 25, 2014
'Quiet' hurricane season forecast for 2014 SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, USA -- Dr William Gray and Dr Philip Klotzbach, of Colorado State University, at the National Tropical Weather Conference this month forecast a “quiet” 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, with nine named storms and three hurricanes, only one of which is expected to be "major".

EarthTalk: Harsh winters and global warming

February 3, 2014
EarthTalk: Harsh winters and global warming It’s tempting to think that the cold air and snow outside augur the end of global warming, but don’t rejoice yet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), weather and climate are two very different beasts: “Weather is what’s happening outside the door right now; today a snowstorm...

CDEMA issues updated situation report for Eastern Caribbean islands

January 3, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has issued an updated report on the damage caused in participating states of CDEMA’s Central Sub-Region of Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica.

Diaspora, region rally around devastated Eastern Caribbean islands

December 30, 2013
Diaspora, region rally around devastated Eastern Caribbean islands NEW YORK, USA -- The Caribbean Diaspora and other countries in the region have begun relief efforts to assist the Eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to recover from widespread devastation caused by severe rains, flooding and high winds.

Christmas storm death toll rises

December 27, 2013
Christmas storm death toll rises KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The confirmed death toll following severe rains and high winds generated by an unseasonal low level trough system that impacted the Eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines over a 24-hour period...

Christmas storm update

December 26, 2013
Christmas storm update BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Severe rains and high winds generated by an unseasonal low level trough system impacted the Eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines over a 24-hour period from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.

Heavy rains lash Eastern Caribbean islands

December 26, 2013
Heavy rains lash Eastern Caribbean islands ROSEAU, Dominica -- An unseasonal trough of low pressure brought heavy rains to the Eastern Caribbean, including Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Heavy rains and landslides have left seven dead and nine families homeless in mainland St Vincent.

Heavy rainfall and flooding possible across northern Caribbean

November 4, 2013
Heavy rainfall and flooding possible across northern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- An area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending from near the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic southward over the central Caribbean Sea is associated with a broad and weak area of low pressure. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

Low pressure area over northwestern Caribbean may develop into tropical cyclone

October 3, 2013
Low pressure area over northwestern Caribbean may develop into tropical cyclone MIAMI, USA -- Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea became better organised on Wednesday and the system has the potential to develop into a tropical depression at any time during the next day or two.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle strengthens as it approaches Bermuda

September 11, 2013
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Gabrielle strengthened on Tuesday afternoon as it approached Bermuda, where a tropical storm warning was in effect. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, the centre of Gabrielle was located by an Air Force Reserve...

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