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SUMMARY

North Western Caribbean Sea:

Tropical Storm (TS) Harvey, the eighth named Storm for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has deteriorated into remnants; a large area of disturbed weather over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Tropical cyclone development is not expected before the system moves inland over the Yucatan peninsula. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for cyclone development when the system moves over the Bay of Campeche tonight, August 22, 2017 or early Wednesday August 23, 2017, and a tropical depression is likely to form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday or Thursday. Regardless of development, local heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to spread westward across Belize and the Yucatan peninsula.

North Atlantic Caribbean Sea

INVEST 92L surges over the northwestern Bahamas accompanied by shower and thunderstorm activity. Development of this system over the next few days is expected to be slow as it moves west-northwestward, then turns northwestward or northward near Florida and the adjacent waters. Environmental conditions could become a little more conducive for development by the weekend when the system begins to move northeastward over the western Atlantic.Figure 1: Projected motion of remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey and INVEST 92L as of 11:00 am, August 22, 2017

THE SITUATION

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) interpreted the National Hurricane Center (NHC) 2:00 am (EDT) Tropical Atlantic weather update for August 22, 2017 as follows:

  • A tropical wave (remnants of TS Harvey) extends from 24N 87W to 13N 88W moving W-NW at 10-15 kt. (11-17 mph)
  • The minimum central pressure is 1011 mb along the wave axis near 18N 88W.
  • Scattered moderate to isolated strong convection is from 18N-23N between 79W-89W.
  • Heavy showers are likely over Belize today, August 22, 2017, with the possibility of 4 – 6 inches occurring in northern areas, and 2 – 4 inches accumulation along the coastal regions.
  • The remnants of TS Harvey are moving out of Belize. There is no sign of an organized circulation but the system could redevelop as it moves into the Bay of Campeche.
  • INVEST 92L remain disorganized over the Bahamas with occasional thundershowers over the Archipelago.

UPDATES FROM PARTICIPATING STATES

ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Preliminary reports on the impact of Tropical Storm Harvey from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) St. Vincent and the Grenadines indicate the following:

  • No injuries of causalities were reported
  • Fifteen (15) persons were provided with shelter; one family of five remains in a shelter.
  • Four (4) houses were damaged
  • Nine (9) houses were flooded
  • One school was damaged post impact from a fallen tree.
  • Over fifteen (15) small businesses in Port Elizabeth, Bequai were affected by flooding caused by blocked drains. Further assessments will be done to ascertain the damage and loss.
  • The main roads are passable.
  • A detailed sector assessment commenced on Saturday 19th August, 2017. Assessment Teams were sent to the Grenadine Island of Bequia, Kingstown, East and West St. George and the areas north of the Rabacca River on mainland St. Vincent to conduct assessment.

OTHER REGIONAL RESPONSE OPERATIONS

SURINAME

The National Coordination Center for Disaster Relief (NCCR) of Suriname reported strong winds and heavy rainfall on August 17, 2017 which caused damage in the following districts:

  • Commewijne – The roofs of four (4) houses were blown off and the windshield of one (1) car was broken by debris.
  • Paramaribo – The Presidential Palace, a cultural heritage building, suffered damage to its roof. The Torarica Hotel/ Casino suffered damage to its structure from high winds and fallen trees. The roofs of two (2) houses were blown off.
  • Wanica – The Ministry of Social Affairs building suffered damage due to a fallen tree. The roofs of three (3) houses were blown off.

On August 18 – 19, 2017, the districts of Paramaribo, Wanica and Para experienced continued severe weather conditions which caused further damage to roofs, bill boards and fell trees.

GUYANA

On Friday August 18, 2017, the Civil Defense Commission (CDC) of Guyana reported that, a storm impacted the village of Jawalla in Region 7, Guyana. The village was severely affected by this storm which resulted in damages to property, loss of life and disruption of livelihoods.

In the aftermath of the storm, a 29 year old pregnant woman and mother of two died when her house collapsed on her. The storm also affected the infrastructure in the village; four (4) homes were completely destroyed, while five (5) homes and two (2) shops were partially damaged. Public buildings were also damaged by this storm; the Community Centre roof was partially damaged and two buildings of the Village Council Office, the nursery and primary schools in the village were also affected.

In response to the incident the following actions were scheduled to be undertaken on August 21, 2017 by Guyana’s Civil Defense Commission (CDC):

  • Continued monitoring and reporting on the incident
  • Deployment of a multi-sectoral assessment team to the impacted community
  • Provision of relief supplies (cleaning agents, blankets, sheets, water, water bottles, water purification tablets, chainsaws and tarpaulin) to affected persons.

The Regional Democratic Council and Regional Administration partially activated its Regional Disaster Risk Management Committee and is monitoring and responding to the situation.

To date no request for assistance has been made to the CDEMA Coordinating Unit.

The CDEMA Coordinating Unit, in collaboration with the Guyana’s CDC, will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

REGIONAL READINESS ACTIONS – CDEMA COORDINATING UNIT

The associated hazards of TS Harvey and INVEST 92L are being managed by the National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) and as such, the Executive Director of CDEMA has authorized the deactivation of the Regional Coordination Plan (RCP) and the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) has been stood-down as of 11:00 am today, August 22, 2017.

The CDEMA CU wishes to thank all the Participating States, RRM Partners and stakeholders who supported these operations and looks forward to continued collaboration on future incidents.
This will be the final SITREP on TS Harvey and INVEST 92L.

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

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
 

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