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CDEMA Information Note #2 - Hurricane Irma - as of 5:00 pm on August 31st, 2017

MESSAGE: Hurricane Irma becomes a Major Category 3 Hurricane over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

THE SITUATION:

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 5:00 pm (AST), Thursday August 31, 2017, Hurricane Irma, the ninth (9th) named storm of the 2017 Tropical Atlantic Hurricane Season has intensified to a major category 3 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma was located at 17.3N and 34.8W. Irma has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph with a minimum central pressure of 967 mb. Environmental conditions appear generally conducive for further development while it moves westward near 12 mph. Further strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

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CDEMA Information Note #1 - Tropical Storm Irma - as of 5:00 pm on August 30th, 2017

MESSAGE: Tropical Storm Irma forms over the far Eastern Atlantic.

THE SITUATION:

Tropical Storm Irma, the ninth (9th) named storm of the 2017 Tropical Atlantic Hurricane Season, has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 5:00 pm (AST), Wednesday August 30, 2017, Tropical Storm (TS) Irma was located 16.4N and 31.2W, about 430 miles of the Cabo Verde Islands. TS Irma has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with a minimum central pressure of 1001 mb. Environmental conditions appear generally conducive for further development while it moves westward near 15 mph. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Irma could become a hurricane on Friday September 1, 2017.

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Belize and Cuba emerge winners of the CDEMA sponsored Coverage of Disaster Risk Award at the 2016 Caribbean Broadcasting Awards

Bridgetown, Barbados August 24th, 2017 (CDEMA) – For the second consecutive year, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) sponsors the Coverage of Disaster Risk Awards for radio and television at the Caribbean Broadcasting Awards.

The Caribbean Broadcasting Awards were presented during a live television event on Tuesday August 22, 2017 at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau, the Bahamas during the 48th Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU’s) Annual General Assembly.

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GUYANA: Emergency Situation at Jawalla Village, Region 7

On Friday August 18, 2017, the Civil Defense Commission (CDC) of Guyana reported that, a storm impacted the village of Jawalla in Region 7, Guyana. The village was severely affected by this storm which resulted in damages to property, loss of life and disruption of livelihoods.

In the aftermath of the storm, a 29 year old pregnant woman and mother of two died when her house collapsed on her. The storm also affected the infrastructure in the village; four (4) homes were completely destroyed, while five (5) homes and two (2) shops were partially damaged.

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SURINAME: Severe weather conditions, causing damage to multiple structures.

The National Coordination Center for Disaster Relief (NCCR) of Suriname reported strong winds and heavy rainfall on August 17, 2017 which caused damage in the following districts:

  • Commewijne – The roofs of four (4) houses were blown off and the windshield of one (1) car was broken by debris.
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