NEMO, Saint Lucia remembers Tropical Storm Debby

Castries, Saint Lucia, September 9, 2009 (NEMO) - September 9, 2009 marks fifteen years since Tropical Storm Debby struck Saint Lucia.

Tropical Storm Debby, was the fourth named storm of the 1994 Atlantic hurricane season. Debby lasted only two days, reaching peak winds of 70 mph before being sheared apart on September 11. Despite the short duration, however, the heavy rains and gusty winds from Debby managed to cause nine deaths. Impact
In Saint Lucia, Debby's heavy rains caused several landslides that killed four people and injured more than 600 others. The landslides blocked main roads and closed an airport and flooding was reported in Anse La Raye. Debby's winds damaged much of the banana crop in Saint Lucia and Martinique. Debby then brought 38 knot winds to Puerto Rico, and caused coastal damage that amounted to $50,000 dollars (1994 USD) and high seas left a ferry stranded.

In all, Debby killed nine people and left two missing. Five were unaccounted for and more than a hundred people had been left homeless. The damage total from Debby was $230 million (1994 USD, $294 million 2005 USD).

Lack of retirement
Because damage was not extreme, the name Debby was not retired, and was reused in the 2000 season.

NEMO is the National Emergency Management Organisation of Saint Lucia.

For comment contact:
John Q Public,
Director Meteorologica Services 758-468-4314 or 758-450-1210

Further Resources
Saint Lucia National Emergency Management Plan:

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