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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.
CDEMA Situation Report #2 - Tropical Storm Harvey - as of 11:00 am on August 22nd, 2017


North Western Caribbean Sea:

Tropical Storm (TS) Harvey, the eighth named Storm for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has deteriorated into remnants; a large area of disturbed weather over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Tropical cyclone development is not expected before the system moves inland over the Yucatan peninsula. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for cyclone development when the system moves over the Bay of Campeche tonight, August 22, 2017 or early Wednesday August 23, 2017, and a tropical depression is likely to form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday or Thursday. Regardless of development, local heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to spread westward across Belize and the Yucatan peninsula.

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