Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PM

Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PM

Hurricane Maria 'devastates' Dominica: PM
Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PM

Dominica has suffered “widespread damage” from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says.
“We have lost all that money can buy,” he said in a Facebook post.
The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a “potentially catastrophic” category five storm, before making landfall on the Caribbean island.
Earlier Mr Skerrit had posted live updates as his own roof was torn off, saying he was “at the complete mercy of the hurricane”.
“My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains,” he wrote after being rescued.
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Maria is moving roughly along the same track as Irma, the hurricane that devastated the region this month.
It currently has maximum sustained winds of 250km/h (155mph) and has been downgraded to a category four hurricane after hitting Dominica, but it could increase again as it moves towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to forecasters.

Dominica’s PM called the damage “devastating” and “mind boggling”.
“My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured,” he, and called on the international community for help. “We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds.”
Curtis Matthew, a journalist based in the capital, Roseau, told the BBC that conditions went “very bad, rapidly”.
“We still don’t know what the impact is going to be when this is all over. But what I can say it does not look good for Dominica as we speak,” he said.
All ports and airports are closed and residents near the coast have been ordered to go to authorised shelters.

The nearby island of Martinique has declared a maximum-level alert while another French island, Guadeloupe, ordered evacuations.
Hurricane warnings are also in place for:
Puerto Rico: The US territory expects Maria to make landfall as at least a category three storm later on Tuesday. It escaped the worst of Irma and has been an important hub for getting relief to islands more badly affected. Governor Ricardo Rossello urged islanders to seek refuge
UK territories prepare for worst
US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands: Both island chains suffered severe damage from Irma and President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the US territories on Monday. British authorities fear debris left behind by Irma could be whipped up by the new storm and pose an extra threat.
Warnings are also in effect for St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and St Lucia while hurricane watches are in place for St Martin, Saba, St Eustatius and Anguilla.
The British government said more than 1,300 troops were staying put in the region and an additional military team had been deployed to the British Virgin Islands where entire neighbourhoods were flattened by Irma.Source BBC

 

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Rain chasing away drought in Caribbean

RAIN :BRIDGETOWN – The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought & Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is reporting increased rainfall across parts of the region, reducing short term drought impacts, particularly in the eastern Caribbean and the Guianas, and Jamaica.
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CDPMN in its latest Caribbean Drought bulletin for the months March, April and May, noted rains were expected to continue during June to August, particularly in Belize, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands and Guyana, with little concern over drought, at least until at the end of August.
“There may still be some need to be watchful regarding impacts from longer term drought that can influence groundwater and large rivers by the end of November in parts of the eastern Caribbean,” it said.
CDPMN, which was launched in 2009 under the Caribbean Water Initiative (CARIWIN), noted that apart from Tobago which was slightly dry, the islands of the eastern Caribbean were normal to wet.

Rain chasing away drought in Caribbean
Rain chasing away drought in Caribbean

Rain chasing away drought in Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN – The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought & Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is reporting increased rainfall across parts of the region, reducing short term drought impacts, particularly in the eastern Caribbean and the Guianas, and Jamaica.
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CDPMN in its latest Caribbean Drought bulletin for the months March, April and May, noted rains were expected to continue during June to August, particularly in Belize, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands and Guyana, with little concern over drought, at least until at the end of August.
“There may still be some need to be watchful regarding impacts from longer term drought that can influence groundwater and large rivers by the end of November in parts of the eastern Caribbean,” it said.
CDPMN, which was launched in 2009 under the Caribbean Water Initiative (CARIWIN), noted that apart from Tobago which was slightly dry, the islands of the eastern Caribbean were normal to wet.
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It said Trinidad, Barbados, St Vincent, St Lucia, St Croix and St Thomas were normal; Grenada slight to moderately wet; Martinique normal to slightly wet; Guadeloupe and Anguilla moderately wet; and Antigua, St Kitts and St Maarten slightly wet.
Conditions in the Guianas ranged from moderately dry in eastern Coastal Guyana to very wet in northwestern Suriname. Aruba was normal while Curacao was slightly wet. Conditions in Puerto Rico ranged from moderately dry in the west to normal in the east, but in the Dominica Republic they ranged from exceptionally dry in the west to normal in the east. Conditions in Jamaica ranged from very wet in the west to slightly wet in the east, but Grand Cayman was severely dry.
For the three month period, apart from in Trinidad that was normal to slightly dry, rainfall in the islands of the eastern Caribbean was normal to above normal.
Conditions in Jamaica ranged from extremely wet in the west to moderately wet in the east. In Cuba, central areas were normal to slightly dry, western areas normal to extremely wet and eastern areas normal to slightly wet. Conditions in Belize ranged from severely dry in the west to moderately wet further north. (CMC)St Lucia
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