Tortola, BVI, November 12, 2008 (DDM) – According to Associated Press reports, a school collapsed in Petionville , Haiti on Sunday the 9 th of November. It has been reported that approximately 500 children may have been trapped when the walls of the three-storey school building buckled. Persons throughout the world watched as rescue workers frantically tried to save possible survivors. The school housed classes from the nursery level to the secondary level. It has been confirmed that 92 persons have died; however hundreds are still trapped. Rescue operations were hampered by the passage of Hurricane Paloma, the instability of the impact site and difficulty in getting equipment through the dense crowds that gathered. In addition, houses situated near the impacted zone also collapsed. It is suspected that the school was poorly built and had structural defects.

Tortola, BVI, November 6, 2008 (DDM) – Tropical Paloma is located near 15.3N/82.2W, or about 290 miles south-southwest of Grand Cayman Island. Movement is to the north-northwest near 7 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph. Paloma is expected to continue strengthening and could become a hurricane tomorrow, reaching Category 2 strength as it passes near the Cayman Islands. The projected track takes Paloma very near the Cayman Islands on Saturday, across central to eastern Cuba late Sunday to early Monday, then the system is projected to pass through the Bahamas on Monday afternoon. Increasing wind shear will begin weakening Paloma by the time it reaches the Bahamas as it accelerates northeastward into the open Atlantic.

Tortola, BVI, October 14, 2008 (DDM) – A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for the Virgin Islands. Tropical Depression 15 is located near 14.3N/69.2W, or about 350 miles southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph. This system has been drifting very slowly to the southeast at 2 mph over the last several hours. This Depression's level of organization has not changed much overnight.

Tortola, BVI, October 13, 2008 (DDM) – A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the British Virgin Islands. The center of Tropical Depression Fifteen was located near latitude 14.8 north longitude 69.9 west or about 355 miles southwest of San Juan Puerto Rico. The depression is stationary and little motion is expected during the next 24 hours. It is expected that the system will take a northeast track with an increase forward speed bringing the center very near Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. The depression could become a tropical storm tonight or Tuesday. An air force reconnaissance aircraft is currently approaching the depression. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 MB. This is a large depression and bands of heavy rains will continue spreading over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands during the next day or so.

CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
Back To Top