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CDEMA Public Information Note #1 - Tropical Storm Matthew

Message: Hurricane Watch issued for Belize; Southern Lesser Antilles experiencing dangerous rough seas (as at 8.00a.m. September 24, 2010)

The Situation:
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Belize. This means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours.  At 8.00am today, Friday, September 24, the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was estimated near latitude 14.3 north longitude 80.7 west.  Matthew is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/hr).  Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/hr) with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.Tropical Storm Matthew is also producing dangerous waves along the normally sheltered west coast of most of the southern Lesser Antilles.

 

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Situation Report 1 - Tropical Depression Matthew Impacts Belize (September 25, 2010)

Message:
Belize inundated by heavy rains from Tropical Depression Matthew as it passed over Belize.

Event:
Tropical Depression Matthew made landfall in southern Belize, after crossing Honduras, on Saturday September 25, 2010.  The country experienced heavy rains between 5 – 10 inches during Matthew’s passage causing flooding in low-lying areas.  The ‘All Clear’ for the system was issued at 3:00 p.m. Saturday September 25, 2010. All Emergency Operation Centres (EOCs) were stood down by 5:00 p.m. Saturday September 25, 2010.

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Flash Flood Event Impacts Virgin Islands Residents

Road Town, Tortola,September 24, 2010 – Response agencies, both government and private and have been extremely active since Sunday's flash flood. On the 19th September 2010, as Hurricane Igor moved northward, it drew most of the moisture from a tropical wave south of the Virgin Islands. This resulted in the showers and intense thunderstorms that affected the local area on Sunday afternoon, causing many areas to experience flash flooding.

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CDEMA Public Information Note #2 –Tropical Storm Matthew

Message: Tropical Storm Watch now in effect for Belize. (as at 8.00p.m. September 24, 2010)

 The Situation:
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of Belize. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 12 to 24 hours.  At 8.00p.m today, Friday, September 24, the center of Tropical Storm Matthew was estimated near latitude 14.9 north longitude 84.4 west. Matthew is moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/hr) and this motion is expected to continue during the next day or two.

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Strengthening Haiti’s Emergency Communications

Bridgetown, Barbados Monday September 20, 2010 (CDEMA) – Disaster Risk Management (DRM) experts at Haiti’s Civil Protection Directorate (CPD) will benefit from training in Emergency Communications through the CDEMA’s Haiti Technical Assistance Program. CDEMA’s HTAP staff will facilitate a three day workshop from September 22- 24, 2010 in Port au Prince supported by regional Emergency Communications and Information and Communications Technology specialists.

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