MESSAGE:
Initial Impacts in CDEMA Participating States as Hurricane Earl Continues to Strengthen as it Moves Across the Northern Leeward Islands

THE SITUATION:
A Hurricane Warning is still in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat and the Virgin Islands. A Hurricane Warning in this instance means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 12 hours.

Hurricane Earl is a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.  Maximum winds are 110 mph (175 km/hr) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecasted.

Situation Report # 2 (Update) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 as, at 12.00 noon
Three persons died yesterday in a landslide in Bayside, San Sauveur, Dominica.  The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) reported that on Monday 24, 2010 at approximately 8.45 a.m, a landslide triggered by heavy rains overnight buried a house and claimed the lives of a 43 year old man, a 76 year old woman and a 6 year old boy. ODM has informed that the bodies have been taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital, where autopsies will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Message:
Tropical Storm Alex causes heavy rains throughout Belize with pockets of gusty winds exceeding 40 mph. Initial economic losses estimated at BZ$2.5m.

Event:
The first Tropical Cyclone of the 2010 Atlantic Basin Hurricane, Tropical Storm Alex made landfall along the coast of Belize on Saturday June 26, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. TS Alex moved WNW at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, storm surge of three to five (3-5) feet and rainfall of four to eight (4-8) inches were forecasted as the System moved inland.  The ‘All Clear’ for the system was issued at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, 27 June 2010.

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