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Erika passes Antigua heading toward the Dominican Republic
000 WTNT35 KNHC 272036 TCPAT5 BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM ERIKA ADVISORY NUMBER 12 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052015 500 PM AST THU AUG 27 2015 …ERIKA PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAINS OVER PORTIONS OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS… SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…16.6N 64.0W ABOUT 175 MI…280 KM W OF GUADELOUPE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED...
At least two reported swept away by rising river in Dominica
There’s word out of Dominica that rivers have swelled overflowing their banks due to downpour associated with Tropical Storm Erika. One report received by Dominica Broadcasting Service (DBS) indicated that a river undermined several houses in Bath Estate and that about 4 people may have been swept away. The report came as DBS Radio continued...
Workers ordered to stay home due to Tropical Storm Erika
Residents are being told NOT to go to work today as Tropical Storm Erika begins passing over the island. Samantha Marshall is the Minister responsible for national disasters, and she made the announcement this morning. “Based upon the information we’ve received this morning from the Met Office, we are advised to close business today, and...
Erika 30 miles southeast of Antigua
000 WTNT35 KNHC 270850 TCPAT5 BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM ERIKA ADVISORY NUMBER 10 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052015 500 AM AST THU AUG 27 2015 …ERIKA A LITTLE STRONGER…CENTER PASSING BETWEEN GUADELOUPE AND ANTIGUA… SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…16.8N 61.5W ABOUT 35 MI…55 KM N OF GUADELOUPE ABOUT 30 MI…45 KM...
2 am update on Tropical Storm Erika
000 WTNT35 KNHC 270548 TCPAT5 BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM ERIKA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 9A NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052015 200 AM AST THU AUG 27 2015 …ERIKA NEARING THE LEEWARD ISLANDS… SUMMARY OF 200 AM AST…0600 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…16.8N 60.8W ABOUT 55 MI…85 KM NE OF GUADELOUPE ABOUT 70 MI…110 KM ESE OF ANTIGUA...
NOTICE MOUNT ST JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTRE!!! PRESS RELEASE: Officials at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) announce operational plans for the passage of Tropical Storm Erika. All outpatient clinic services, non-urgent admissions and surgeries scheduled for Thursday August, 27th, 2015 have been cancelled. All affected patients will be contacted by a hospital representative to reschedule appointments. With the impending arrival...
Banking hours adjusted due to storm
NOTICE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA BANKERS’ ASSOCIATION In light of the weather associated with Tropical Storm Erika, the Antigua and Barbuda Bankers’ Association wishes to advise of the following banking hours for all Commercial Banks: Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:00am – 2:00pm Further assessment will be conducted...
Erika could blow toxic gases from Cooks inland
The passage of Tropical Storm Erika could mean trouble for residents at Five Islands. Since the fire was lit, allegedly deliberately on Sunday, the harmful chemicals have been pushed out to sea by prevailing winds. Now, Chief Health Inspector Lionel Michael says if Erika could cause that to change. If wind direction changes, it will bring it...
National Solid Waste Management Authority creates storm cleanup crews
NOTICE from the National Solid Waste Management Authority!!!! PRESS RELEASE: The National Solid Waste Management Authority says plans have been initiated in preparation for the clean up after the passage of a storm or hurricane. The ministry of health and national solid waste management continue to plan and implement measures to keep Antigua and Barbuda...
Tropical Storm Erika
Director of the Met office, Keithley Meade says Tropical Storm Erika is not forecast to strengthen into a hurricane before it reaches the Leeward Islands…but he’s urging residents to remain alert.
NOAA Alert Statement
000 WTNT35 KNHC 272036 TCPAT5 BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM ERIKA ADVISORY NUMBER 12 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052015 500 PM AST THU AUG 27 2015 ...ERIKA PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAINS OVER PORTIONS OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS... SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST...2100 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...16.6N 64.0W ABOUT 175 MI...280 KM W OF GUADELOUPE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1006 MB...29.71 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: The government of the Dominican Republic has changed the Tropical Storm Watch to a Tropical Storm Warning for the Dominican Republic from the northern border with Haiti eastward and southward to Isla Saona. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * Anguilla * Saba and St. Eustatius * St. Maarten * St. Martin * St. Barthelemy * Montserrat * St. Kitts and Nevis * Puerto Rico * Vieques * Culebra * U.S. Virgin Islands * British Virgin Islands * Dominican Republic from the northern border with Haiti eastward and southward to Isla Saona A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... * Guadeloupe * Southeastern Bahamas * Turks and Caicos Islands Interests elsewhere in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti should monitor the progress of Erika. For storm information specific to your area in the United States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside the United States, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 64.0 West. Erika is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Erika will move near the Virgin Islands this evening, move near or over Puerto Rico tonight, and move near or over the Dominican Republic on Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches). HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue over portions of the warning area in the Leeward Islands for the next few hours, and reach the Virgin Islands this evening and Puerto Rico tonight. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in the Leeward Islands for the next few hours. Tropical storm conditions could reach portions of the watch area in the Dominican Republic on Friday, and the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands late Friday and Friday night. RAINFALL: Erika is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches possible across portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas through Saturday. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. NEXT ADVISORY ------------- Next intermediate advisory at 800 PM AST. Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST. $$ Forecaster Pasch
During a Hurricane Watch
- Listen to the radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
- Check emergency supplies.
- Fuel car.
- Get cash (in case ATMs stop working after the hurricane)
- Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
- Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows.
- Remove outside antennas and satellite dishes.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
- Store drinking water in clean jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.
- Bring pets safely inside with adequate food and water.
- Charge cell phone
- Check your Hurricane Survival Kit to ensure it contains all that you will need.
During a Hurricane Warning
- Listen constantly to a radio or television for official instructions.
- Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
- Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
- Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
- If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.
- Put your refrigerator on the coldest setting and keep its doors closed. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
- Keep phone lines clear except for serious emergencies
- If you need to evacuate your home, lock up home and go to the nearest shelter.
- Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.
Before a Hurricane
- Know your Emergency Shelters - Contact the National Disaster Office for the closest shelters. Have evacuation routes planned to the emergency shelters near you.
- Have a Hurricane Survival Kit
- Protect your windows - Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2 inch plywood--marine plywood is best--cut to fit each window. Remember to label each panel according to its respective window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Do this long before the storm.
- Trim back branches from trees - Trim branches away from your home and cut all dead or weak branches on any trees on your property.
- Check into your Home and Auto Insurance - Confirm that policies are valid and coverage is appropriate.
- Make arrangements for pets and livestock - Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on animal shelters.
- Develop an emergency communication plan - Make sure that all family members know what to do. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water. Teach children how and when to call police or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information. In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.
After a Hurricane
- Make sure that you listen for official information to ensure that the all-clear announcement has been given. Do not leave your home until you hear the all-clear announcement.
- Do not go outside bare-footed or in slippers
- Keep phone lines free for important calls
- Get medical attention for persons injured
- Help your family, neighbours and community
- Assist in search and rescue, and community response efforts
- Clear roads and clean up debris from surrounding areas
- Begin temporary repairs
- Report damage to utilities
- Avoid Sightseeing
- Watch out for secondary hazards, fire, flooding, etc
- Do a damage assessment and co-operate with Assessors
- Visitors should inform the relevant authorities of their location as soon as possible