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2nd Batch of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit being trained in Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados July 16th, 2018 – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA CU) and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ) convened a second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) to serve the region during the period August 2018 to July 2019. The training workshop is taking place from July 16 – 20, 2018, at the Frank Walcott Labour College in St. Phillip, Barbados with funding support from the United States Government through the US Southern Command.

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Early Warning System Project launched in Saint Lucia

In efforts to enhance the early warning systems in Saint Lucia, the project entitled ‘Strengthen Integrated Early Warning Systems (EWS) in the Caribbean’ was launched in on May 22, 2018 during the Opening Session of the ‘Validation Workshop for Saint Lucia’s Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) Gap Analysis and the Development of the National Roadmap’.

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CDEMA Information Note #3 - Tropical Storm Beryl as of 2:00PM (AST) on July 08, 2018

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, as of 2:00 PM (AST) on July 08, 2018, Beryl continues to move WNW towards the Lesser Antilles with no change in strength. Beryl or its remnants is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles this evening, Sunday July 08, and cross the island chain tonight.

Gradual weakening is anticipated over the next 24 hours, and Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough or low pressure system by this evening as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday July 09.

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CDEMA Information Note #2 - Tropical Storm Beryl as of 8:00PM (AST) on July 07, 2018

SYNOPSIS OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL:

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, as of 11:00 AM (AST) on July 07, 2018, Beryl, the second (2nd) named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. As of 8:00 PM the center of Beryl, was located at 12.9N and 53.5W about 550 miles (885km) ESE of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 1003 mb. The present movement of Beryl is West-North-West or 295o at 17 mph (28 km/h).

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CDEMA Information Note #1 - Hurricane Beryl as of 11:00am (AST) on July 06, 2018

MESSAGE: Hurricane Beryl forms over the far Eastern Atlantic and progresses west towards the Caribbean.

THE SITUATION:

Hurricane Beryl, the second (2nd) named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, formed over the central Atlantic Ocean on July 05, 2018. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 11:00 am (AST) July 06, 2018, Beryl, a category 1 hurricane, was located at 10.7N and 46.5W about 1045 miles (1685km) ESE of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 994 mb. The present movement of Beryl is west or 275o at 15 mph (24 km/h).

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