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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...

Tropical storm warning issued for Bermuda

September 23, 2016
Tropical storm warning issued for Bermuda MIAMI, USA -- A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda as the centre of Tropical Storm Karl was expected to pass near or to the east of the island on Friday night and Saturday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 8:00 pm AST on Thursday, the center...

Two more tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

September 9, 2016
Two more tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- An area of showers and thunderstorms was located on Thursday afternoon about 275 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands. Pressures remain high in the area, and there are no signs of a surface circulation. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, during...

Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba

August 27, 2016
Low pressure area brings heavy rains to Bahamas, Hispaniola and Cuba MIAMI, USA -- A weak area of low pressure was located between the northeastern coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas on Friday. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity increased during the day on Friday, but remained disorganized and is located mainly to the east and...

Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas

August 25, 2016
Tropical storm conditions threaten Leeward Islands and Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- A strong tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure was moving westward across the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico towards The Bahamas on Wednesday, bringing tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Tropical wave expected to bring heavy rains, winds to northeastern Caribbean on Wednesday

August 24, 2016
Tropical wave expected to bring heavy rains, winds to northeastern Caribbean on Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Gusty winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and mud slides could occur over the northern Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles on Wednesday as a tropical wave located a few hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized shower and...

Tropical wave approaches Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

August 23, 2016
Tropical wave approaches Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located about 750 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. Interests in the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of this system. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Tropical wave expected to threaten Hispaniola and Bahamas late this week

August 22, 2016
Tropical wave expected to threaten Hispaniola and Bahamas late this week MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located about 1,100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms and the system is expected to be near Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas late this week. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Two tropical waves heading towards the Caribbean

August 19, 2016
Two tropical waves heading towards the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located about 300 miles southwest of Cabo Verde Islands is producing widespread cloudiness and disorganized shower activity as it heads towards the Caribbean. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, environmental conditions....

Hurricane warning issued for Belize

August 4, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Belize MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Earl was expected to increase to hurricane strength by the time it makes landfall in Belize on Wednesday night or early Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 4 pm CDT on Wednesday, the centre of Earl was located...

Tropical Storm Earl heads to Belize

August 3, 2016
Tropical Storm Earl heads to Belize MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Earl formed in the northwest Caribbean on Tuesday and was expected to pass near the Honduras Bay Islands on its way to Belize. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 5 pm EDT on Tuesday, the centre of Earl...

Tropical storm expected to form in northwest Caribbean

August 2, 2016
Tropical storm expected to form in northwest Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean Sea, centered about 275 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, at 2 pm EDT on Monday, continued to move quickly westward at about 20 mph. Environmental conditions were expected to be conducive for additional...

Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings

August 1, 2016
Strong tropical wave prompts flash flood warnings MIAMI, USA -- A strong and fast-moving tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea resulted in flash flood warnings being issued for the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico though Monday night. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, as of 2 pm EDT...

Two tropical weather systems heading towards the Caribbean

July 29, 2016
Two tropical weather systems heading towards the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located about 1,700 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands is moving westward at about 30 mph. Environmental conditions are expected to be somewhat conducive for development this weekend when the disturbance could be near the northern

Saharan dust impedes hurricane activity in the region

July 25, 2016
Saharan dust impedes hurricane activity in the region ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Meteorologists have linked the presence of Saharan Air Layer (SAL) or Saharan dust across the Atlantic Ocean, to the calm currently being experienced for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. The very dry, dusty layer of warm air occurs when a dust storm...

Conflicting 2016 hurricane season predictions by forecasters

April 21, 2016
Conflicting 2016 hurricane season predictions by forecasters ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Predictions for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season have been released by several weather and hurricane forecasting institutions, with varying reports on the activity level for the season. Hurricane researchers at the Colorado State University (CSU), one of the main...

Hurricane hunter aircraft visits BVI on awareness tour

April 20, 2016
Hurricane hunter aircraft visits BVI on awareness tour ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron known as the Hurricane Hunters of the US Air Force Reserve and a team from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Centre made their inaugural visit to the British Virgin Islands last week.

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