FELIX NOW A CATEGORY 5 STORM

September 3, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Hurricane Felix strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm yesterday as it churned its way into the open waters of the Caribbean Sea after toppling trees and flooding some homes on a cluster of Dutch islands. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Felix was packing maximum sustained winds of 165 mph as it plowed westward toward Central America, where it was expected to skirt Honduras’ coastline tomorrow before slamming into Belize on Wednesday as a hurricane capable of massive destruction.

On Sunday, Felix lashed Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire with rains and winds, causing scattered power outages and forcing thousands of tourists to take refuge in hotels. But residents expressed relief it did far less damage than feared as the storm’s outer bands grazed the tiny islands.

“Thankfully we didn’t get a very bad storm. My dog slept peacefully through the night,” said Bonaire medical administrator Siomara Albertus, who waited out the storm in her home with her Labrador Retriever.

The storm forced tens of thousands of tourists and residents on the three islands to remain in their homes and hotels, stocked with water, flashlights and emergency provisions.

In Curacao, about a dozen homes in a low-lying area were flooded. In Aruba, there was little visible damage, although at least one catamaran snapped off its mooring and a house was damaged by a downed tree. A northern settlement had a temporary power outage.

Many Bonaire residents had prepared for the worst, installing storm shutters and hauling their boats ashore, but the storm’s winds left little damage.

Felix became the second Atlantic hurricane of the season on Saturday evening, following Hurricane Dean, which left at least 20 dead in the Caribbean and carved out a destructive swath that stretched from St. Lucia to Mexico.

Monster hurricane builds in Caribbean

September 3, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao: Hurricane Felix has become the second extremely dangerous category 5 storm of the season as it swept through the southern Caribbean on a path towards Central America and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, US forecasters said.

On a similar – although more southerly – track as last month’s Hurricane Dean, which killed 27 people, Felix’s top sustained winds had increased to 270kmh yesterday, the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said.

Forecasters at the centre said Felix was strengthening at one of the fastest rates seen.

Dawn broke on Curacao to reveal toppled trees and flooded streets but neither the Netherlands Antilles territory nor its sister island of Bonaire reported serious damage or casualties.

Meanwhile, Jamaica was under a tropical storm watch as it prepared to hold elections, already postponed from one week ago by Hurricane Dean.

Belize prepares for Felix…Beach woes in Jersey…Power outages in Califor…

September 3, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Belize prepares for Felix…Beach woes in Jersey…Power outages in California

ORANJESTAD, Aruba People in Belize are stocking up on supplies and boarding windows as Hurricane Felix churns toward them. The Category-5 hurricane with winds up to 165 miles per hour is over the Caribbean after knocking down trees and flooding homes on Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire.

Strengthened Felix heads toward Aruba

September 3, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment
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Hurricane Felix has barrelled through the Caribbean with forecasters predicting a brush with Aruba and warning of its potential to strengthen.

Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands Antilles.

A tropical storm watch also has been issued for Jamaica, which is gearing up for violence-marred elections later today after Felix was upgraded overnight to Category Two strength on the Saffir-Sampson scale, which peaks at five.

US forecasters says Felix’s maximum sustained winds are currently 165kmh and its trek across the open waters of the Caribbean could allow it to attain major hurricane status within 12 hours.Hurricane Felix

St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba under flash flood advisory

August 1, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao: According to the Meteorological Service of the Netherlands Antilles & Aruba, a flash flood advisory is in effect for the islands of St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba until further notice due to locally heavy showers.

A strong tropical wave continues to move west over the central Caribbean. Lingering low level moisture in the wake of this weather system combined with local effects to produce locally heavy showers during the first part of the weekend.

An additional moisture increase is expected as from Monday afternoon through Tuesday when cloudiness and shower activity associated with the next tropical wave moves over the local islands and surrounding areas.

A flash flood advisory is in effect because of the terrain being already saturated due to the amount of rainfall during the last couple of days.

Source: Caribbean Net News

St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba under flash flood advisory

August 1, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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WILLEMSTAD, Curacao: According to the Meteorological Service of the Netherlands Antilles & Aruba, a flash flood advisory is in effect for the islands of St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba until further notice due to locally heavy showers.

A strong tropical wave continues to move west over the central Caribbean. Lingering low level moisture in the wake of this weather system combined with local effects to produce locally heavy showers during the first part of the weekend.

An additional moisture increase is expected as from Monday afternoon through Tuesday when cloudiness and shower activity associated with the next tropical wave moves over the local islands and surrounding areas.

A flash flood advisory is in effect because of the terrain being already saturated due to the amount of rainfall during the last couple of days.

Caribbean: Hurricanes Dennis & Emily Appeal No. 05EA14 Operations Update No. 2

July 25, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

Appeal No. 05EA014; Operations Update no. 02; Period covered: 19 to 22 July, 2005; Appeal coverage: 77 %; (the contributions list is being updated and will be attached to the next operations update).

Appeal history:

- Launched on 15 July 2005 for CHF 758,000 (USD 587,505 or EUR 486,390) for 3 months to assist 29,000 beneficiaries (5,800 beneficiary familie s).

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 250,000

THE PLANS OF ACTION AND BUDGET UNDER THIS APPEAL HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED IN RESPONSE TO DETAILED NEEDS ASSESSMENTS IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANES DENNIS AND EMILY IN THE CARIBBEAN.

THE ADJUSTED BUDGET FOR THE HURRICANES OPERATION IS BEING FINALIZED.

In accordance with the Federation’s flexible strategy and approach to this operation, donors are encouraged to provide support, with minimum earmarking.

Outstanding needs: CHF 174,340

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Caribbean Annual Appeal 05AA041; Guyana: Floods Emergency Appeal 05EA001

Operational Summary: The plans of action to provide an effective response to those affected by Hurricanes Dennis and Emily have been reviewed in order to ensure that maximum assistance to beneficiaries is provided. In Haiti, the plan of action now includes distribution of relief to beneficiary families in Tiburon and Les Anglais on the south coast, severely hit by Hurricane Emily. The Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) has coordinated the mobilization of relief items which have been air-lifted to Haiti, Grenada and Jamaica: distributions are progressing well in Grenada and Jamaica and will begin today, 25 July, in Haiti. In particular, the provision of plastic sheeting is helping people return home from shelters and to protect their belongings. Psychosocial support activities have begun in Jamaica and discussions have taken place in Grenada with the Ministry of Social Services to define the provision of assistance in this area. The appeal now has a coverage of 77%, however, the balance of funding is essential to ensure that the operation may be implemented in its entirety to assist vulnerable beneficiaries, many of whom were struggling to recover from Hurricane Ivan when Hurricanes Dennis and Emily hit.

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Air Jamaica secures planes, cancels flights

July 16, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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HE national airline, Air Jamaica, yesterday moved its aircraft out of Jamaica and adjusted flight schedules in order to minimise disruptions during the passage of Hurricane Emily.

Flights to/from Fort Lauderdale, Bonaire, Curacao, Miami, Toronto and New York scheduled for today were cancelled.
The airline said it had also put in place measures to assist passengers whose travel plans may be affected by Hurricane Emily.

Hurricane Emily upgraded to Category 3

July 15, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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MIAMI, USA (UPI): The National Hurricane Center upgraded Hurricane Emily to a dangerous Category 3 storm, and Jamaica issued a hurricane watch for the island nation Thursday.

The Dominican Republic and Haiti issued a tropical storm warning for much of the island they share. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.

At 8 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Emily was located about 415 miles south-southeast of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. The storm was moving toward the west-northwest at about 21 mph.

Maximum sustained winds were near 115 mph with higher gusts, and were increasing, the National Hurricane Center said.

The second hurricane of the season was expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches across portions of the Netherlands Antilles and 3 to 6 inches over portions of Hispaniola.

Forecasters said the rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Air Jamaica Announces Flight Cancellations for Saturday, July 16, 2005 Due to Hurricane Emily

July 15, 2005 by admin · Leave a Comment
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INGSTON, Jamaica–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 15, 2005–Air Jamaica has cancelled its full flight schedule for tomorrow, Saturday July 16, 2005 as a result of Hurricane Emily. This includes all service into and out of Jamaica, and all inter-island service.

As a result, the carrier has relaxed its ticket-change restrictions, allowing passengers booked for travel beginning between now and July 17, 2005 to change their itineraries without penalty. Air Jamaica will issue travel vouchers for future travel on Air Jamaica equal to the total value of their original booking. Vouchers may be redeemed for travel to be completed up to one (1) year from the date the voucher is issued. Passengers must complete their travel by July 21.

Passengers are advised to keep a record of their locator codes to facilitate the processing of changes.

Air Jamaica operates more than 300 weekly flights to Jamaica and the Caribbean from its U.S. gateways. In addition to its home island of Jamaica, Air Jamaica serves Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, Grenada and Nassau.

For updates on Air Jamaica schedule changes, call 1-800-523-5585, or visit http://www.airjamaica.com.

About Air Jamaica

Air Jamaica is a service-oriented passenger airline offering travelers low prices, plus a heightened level of comfort, convenience and amenities not commonly found in air travel today. The carrier boasts a completely unblemished safety record over its 36 years in operation, and has received numerous honors and distinctions, including being named Best Airline to the Caribbean for a record seven consecutive years at the World Travel Awards. The Air Jamaica fleet is comprised of modern Airbus A320, A321 and A340 jet aircraft. Air Jamaica operates 300+ weekly flights connecting cities in the U.S., Canada and the UK with destinations throughout the Caribbean.

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