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CDEMA Public Information Note #1 - Tropical Storm Erika (as of 11:00 am on August 25th, 2015)

Message: A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Monsterrat and St. Kitts and Nevis. CDEMA urges countries in the Northern Leeward Islands to continue monitoring and to enhance their readiness status.


At 11.00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 15.2 North, longitude 51.0 West, and approximately 730 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the centre. The system is moving toward the west near 20 mph with maximum sustained winds near 45mph with higher gusts and some slow strengthening is being forecast during the next 48 hrs.



The Meterological Service of Antigua and Barbuda has issued a tropical storm watch for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Monsterrat and St. Kitts and Nevis. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

A westward to west-northwestward motion with a slight decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours.

The National Hurricane Center advises that interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Erika as watches may be required for additional areas later today.


The CDEMA Coordinating Unit is in close contact with the National Disaster Offices (NDOs) of the threatened States.

NDOs have reported ongoing monitoring of the progress of the system and are fully engaged in planning and preparations.

All states under Tropical Storm Watch (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Montserrat) have indicated national disaster response agencies, which were on standby for TS Danny, will remain so for TS Erika. They have also advised that the general public continues to be kept fully informed.

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency in Montserrat has reported that the Emergency Policy Group is expected to meet this morning at 10:00am.

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in Dominica has advised that although there is currently no advisory issued for Dominica, they are sensitising the public on the location, track and potential impacts of the system. The Office further advised National Emergency Planning Organisation has been placed on standby, particularly those with responsibility for shelter, transport and works and medical services. All have been advised to continue to monitor updates from the ODM.


The Regional Response Mechanism continues to be on alert, this includes the CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST), CARICOM Disaster and Assessment Coordination Team (CDAC), and the CARICOM Disaster Response Unit (CDRU) through the Regional Security System (RSS). The Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group on Disaster Management remains on alert and the tropical disturbance which became TS Erika was discussed at a meeting of this group on Monday August 24, 2015.

The CDEMA Coordinating Unit will receive a briefing this morning from the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) on the status of the system and an outlook for the next 48 hours. It should be noted that CIMH is not a forecasting agency but provides these briefings to the CDEMA CU to facilitate scenario planning at the regional and national levels.

CDEMA will continue to monitor the system and provide updates as necessary.

The public is advised to

  • Monitor radio or television and other official sources of information for progress reports
  • Update your personal family preparedness plan and action items according to that plan
  • The website www.weready.org provides additional information

CONTACT DETAILS: The CDEMA CU 24-hour contact number 1(246) 434-4880



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