CDEMA Information Note #2 - Tropical Storm Bret - as of 5:00 pm on June 19th, 2017

SUMMARY

THE SITUATION

According to the National Hurricane Center, Miami Florida, as at 5:00pm (AST) Monday June 19, 2017, the center of Tropical Storm Bret was located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft to be near latitude 9.4 N and longitude 59.8 W. Bret is moving toward the west-northwest near 30 mph (48 km/h) and is expected to continue at a slightly slower speed over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the tropical storm is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center, mainly north of the center.

Impact Analysis by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) provided CDEMA with an impact analysis based on the forecasted tropical system at 10:30am, June 19, 2017.

Impacts projected for these two States are as follows:

  • Rainfall 6-10 inches
  • Wave Heights 12-15ft
  • Wind Speeds up to 50 Knots

In the Western Caribbean, the area of disturbance is expected to produce significant precipitation in Belize. This may result in some flooding.

Disclaimer: CIMH is providing special weather interpretation of the current and forecasted tropical weather affecting the Caribbean region. CIMH is not an official forecasting agency.

Tropical Storm Warnings and Flash Flood Watches

REGIONAL READINESS ACTIONS – CDEMA COORDINATING UNIT

The Regional Coordination Plan was activated at 7:00pm, Sunday June 18, 2017 and the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) has been placed on standby. The CARICOM Disaster and Assessment Coordination (CDAC) Team as well as the CARICOM Operations Support Team (COST) have been placed on alert. The CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) has also been placed on alert with the support of the Regional Security System (RSS).

CDEMA CU has also been communicating with the National Disaster Offices that are in the path of the Tropical Storm. The CDEMA CU will prepare the operational plan with potential scenarios and pre impact analysis and estimates. This will be circulated by 600pm June 19th 2017.

Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group (ECDPGDM) Meeting

A meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group – Disaster Management (ECDPG-DM) was convened today, Monday June 19, 2017 at 10:30am at the CDEMA Coordinating Unit. The meeting was co-chaired by the CDEMA’s Deputy Executive Director and the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean area. Twenty seven (27) participants from national disaster offices, regional and international donor, humanitarian and development agencies (including 15 joining via online) were in attendance. The following updates were provided at the ECDPG-DM meeting. CDEMA is likely to convene another meeting by tomorrow once the system moves over the any of the threatened countries.

National Updates

Barbados – Department of Emergency Management (DEM)

Grenada – National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA)

Saint Lucia – National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO)

Trinidad and Tobago – Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management (ODPM)

  • This includes key Ministries and government departments
  • Emergency support mechanism are on alert and are prepositioning equipment and personnel in areas of prime concern with the potential for high impact

Institutional Updates

Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Regional Security System (RSS)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID OFDA)

CDEMA will continue to monitor the system and provide updates as is necessary.

CONTACT DETAILS: The CDEMA CU 24-hour contact number 1(246) 434-4880

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