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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:59 am

'Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a category five - the highest category - making it "extremely dangerous" as it crosses the Caribbean. It has sustained winds of up to 280km/h (175mph), the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, advising islands in its path to speed up preparations. It is projected to bring storm surges, life-threatening winds and torrential rainfall to the Leeward Islands....Irma, which has been moving at a speed of 22km/h (14mph), is set to reach the Leeward Islands, east of Puerto Rico, within the next 24 hours, the centre added. It issued a hurricane warning for the following islands: Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis; Saba, St Eustatius and Sint Maarten; Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy; The British Virgin Islands; The US Virgin Islands; Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra.'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41156051
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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:21 am

'After hitting the US and British Virgin Islands on Wednesday, Irma headed toward the US territory Puerto Rico, and is expected to bring with it maximum sustained winds reaching 185 miles per hour. Before hitting those islands, the storm yielded devastating results as it slammed Barbuda before moving over Saint Martin and Anguilla. The storm has already been blamed for at least $150m (£115m) in damages in Antigua and Barbuda, which lost all contact with the outside world during the storm. The northernmost island, Barbuda, home to roughly 1,700 people, was “totally demolished”, with 90 per cent of all dwellings there levelled, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said. “This rebuilding initiative will take years,” Mr Brown said after reviewing the damage. He added that one person was confirmed killed on Barbuda. A second storm-related fatality, that of a surfer, was reported on Barbados and the French government said at least two people were killed in Caribbean island territories of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 33131.html
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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:42 am

St Martin and St Barthelemy: Six out of 10 homes on St Martin, an island shared between France and the Netherlands, now uninhabitable, French officials say. They said nine people had died and seven were missing in the French territories, while two are known to have died in Dutch Sint Maarten

Turks and Caicos Islands: Widespread damage, although extent unclear

Barbuda: The small island is said to be "barely habitable", with 95% of the buildings damaged. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne estimates reconstruction will cost $100m (£80m). One death has been confirmed

Anguilla: Extensive damage with one person confirmed dead

Puerto Rico: More than 6,000 residents of the US territory are in shelters and many more without power. At least three people have died

British Virgin Islands: Widespread damage reported

US Virgin Islands: Damage to infrastructure was said to be widespread, with four deaths confirmed

Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Both battered by the storm, but neither had as much damage as initially feared

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-41210865
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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:49 am

'Hurricane Irma has caused a total of 82 deaths leaving 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida without power in scorching heat, five days after the storm ravaged the South-east of the United States. A Reuters report showed that NextEra Energy Inc’s, NEE.N, FPL, Florida’s biggest electric company, Friday, said about 1.1 million customers had no power, while Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) reported that more than 371,000 customers were in the dark and Tampa Electric, a unit of Emera Inc (EMA.TO), reported about 39,000 were without power. Ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday. Aside the deaths, the storm hit hard the Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, accounting for more than half the fatalities. Reports have shown that at least 32 deaths have been reported in Florida and seven more combined in Georgia and South Carolina. The death toll includes eight elderly patients who died after being exposed to scorching heat inside a Miami-area nursing home left with little or no air conditioning after the hurricane struck.'

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/2433 ... power.html

As if things aren't bad enough, here comes Maria....

'Three storms are spinning in the Atlantic, with one already a hurricane and another one strengthening and forecast to threaten areas battered by Hurricane Irma last week. Tropical Storm Maria formed Saturday in the western Atlantic Ocean and is expected to be a hurricane by late Monday and a major hurricane by Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center says. By Sunday morning, Maria was about 460 miles southeast of the Lesser Antilles. The storm is moving toward the Caribbean at 15 mph, according to the center. "Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria will likely become a hurricane later today," it said. The core of Maria was expected to hit the Leeward Islands in 48 to 72 hours, and then move toward Puerto Rico in four days then on toward eastern Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) in about five days, the NHC said.'

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/17/ameri ... index.html
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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:34 am

'Dominica’s Prime Minister has said Hurricane Maria has stripped the island of “all what money can buy”. The Category 5 storm slammed into the small Caribbean island overnight. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit captured the terrifying power of Hurricane Maria in a series of Facebook posts, writing that he was “at the complete mercy” of the storm. After being rescued, he said: “We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds.” He added: “Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside. 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.” Maria’s sustained wind speeds reached 160mph, with higher gusts, on Monday night.'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 54541.html

On Monday alone, Maria strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category Five hurricane!
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If this is happening to the prime minister's house, what's happening to the poor people's houses?
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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:44 am

'At least 15 people have died on the Caribbean island of Dominica and many homes are destroyed beyond repair after Hurricane Maria devastated the country this week, Dominica's prime minister said Thursday. In an emotional interview with ABS Television, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the death toll is likely to rise and search and rescue missions are ongoing. At least 16 others are missing in some communities, he said. “We have many deaths, but it is a miracle that we do not have hundreds of deaths in the country,” Skerrit told ABS Television. The storm has led to at least 26 deaths thus far, including 15 in Dominica, nine in Puerto Rico and two in Guadeloupe.'

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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:39 am

http://www.looptt.com/content/venezuela ... ter-irma-3

"Venezuela is among the countries coming to the aid of Antigua & Barbuda, following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on Barbuda, where a State of Emergency has been declared. ABS TV last night shared photos and video on social media of a military cargo plane from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela landing at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua with supplies for the Barbudan victims of Hurricane Irma. According to Telesur, Venezuela sent 20 firefighters and 34 civil defense personnel, along with 10 tons of supplies and medicines. These supplies included 100 mattresses, more than 100 cases of medicine, 200 pairs of boots and 1200 cases of water."
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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:52 am

Foreign Affairs Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza Montserrat on Friday evening, flew into Antigua and handed over to Prime Minister Gaston Browne a contribution of US$1 million to the Barbuda Hurricane Relief fund.

“The profit from the West Indies Oil Company partnership, that is doing very well, we are pleased to make our share available for the redevelopment of Barbuda. Kindly accept the best regards from President Nicholas Maduro, who was very eager for me to travel to Antigua and Barbuda,” remarked Minister Arreaza Montserrat when presenting the cheque.

He said that President Maduro wanted him to travel to Antigua to get first-hand information of what had occurred in Barbuda and what will be needed to rebuild the island.

“In our revolution training of solidarity, we are taught to be the first to assist and to show solidarity. Prime Minister Browne, you are a leader who has demonstrated dedication and made preventative actions to save people’s lives. You can count on Venezuela in any situation – good or bad. We are brothers and sisters – stronger than friends,” said the Venezuelan Foreign Minister.

Prime Minister Browne praised the Venezuelan government for being Antigua and Barbuda’s closest ally during a time of crisis. He noted that President Nicholas Maduro was in contact with him even before Hurricane Irma made landfall.

“Venezuela was in full support of Antigua and Barbuda and the President advised us that whatever was needed, Venezuela was ready to provide. A commitment was given of two military aircraft which aided in evacuating the people of Barbuda. If it was not for the aircraft we would not have evacuated the people on time with a storm pending,” outlined Prime Minister Browne.

“The first call of any leader came from President Nicholas Maduro. For that I am eternally grateful and he expressed solidarity with Antigua and Babruda. We are eternally grateful for this demonstration of friendship and solidarity. The first set of relief supplies also came from Venezuela. Antigua and Barbuda will never forget this act of gratitude. We will remain close allies of Venezuela forever. It is times like these you know whom your true friends are,” remarked the country’s leader.

https://antiguanewsroom.com/news/venezu ... f-efforts/
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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:00 am

Dominica's Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, fears that at least 40 people have died on the island following the unprecidented devastation caused by a direct hit from category 5 Hurricane Maria.

Prime Minister Skerrit told TeleSUR that he had finished travelling through the country to see the extent of the damage, and that it seems likely there will be at least 40 deaths. This number has yet to be officially confirmed, as damage and casualties are still being assessed.

Skerrit also thanked Venezuela for sending aid to the island amid the natural disaster.

"Venezuela is again a first responder with hurricane help to its Caribbean neighbors, this time Dominica," he said. Skerrit added that Venezuela is sending two armed force planes landing relief supplies and dozens of volunteers in Saint Lucia to be blown across to Dominica by helicopter.

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/ ... -0023.html
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Re: NOAA hurricane forecast alarming

Postby mikesiva » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:02 am

"Cuba has sent doctors to several Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma. More than 750 health workers have arrived in Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Dominica and Haiti."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 38171.html
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