TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT STATEMENT WHCA31 TAPA TROPICAL STORM BERYL ALERT STATEMENT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES 11:15 AM ECT SATURDAY JUL 7, 2018 THIS IS FOR THE LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS …BERYL WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL STORM… AT 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 12.1 NORTH, LONGITUDE 51.1 WEST OR 740 NORTICAL MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, 788 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ANTIGUA […]

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TROPICAL UPDATE ON HURRICANE BERYL

BERYL LOCATION AT 8AM: 11.7N 50.3W ABOUT 893 MI ESE OF ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH PRESENT MOVEMENT…WEST-NORTHWEST OR 295 DEGREES AT 14 MPH MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…995 BERYL IS EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN A PATH SOUTH OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS. HOWEVER, GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE FORECAST TRACK, THERE IS STILL A POSSIBILITY THAT BERYL COULD TRACK CLOSER TO THE LEEWARD ISLANDS. IN THAT CASE, WATCHES OR WARNINGS MAY BE REQUIRED WITHIN THE […]

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR A TROPICAL CYCLONE

These tips from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will help you get ready for a tropical storm or hurricane: 1. Determine your risk for wind and water hazards, and prepare for how you will handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem; their impacts can be felt many miles inland. Storms such as Irma and Maria serve as reminders that major damage and disruption can be inflicted even when we are not directly […]

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TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT STATEMENT

Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport St. Kitts Meteorological Services St. Christopher Air & Sea Port Authorities P.O. Box 963 Basseterre St. Kitts Tel: 869 465 2749 Tele- fax: 869 465 9122 Weather Bulletin ….Tiny Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. At 5 am or 0900z the centre of hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6 north, longitude 45.1 west or about 1029 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands. Hurricane Beryl […]

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DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF ABDIAS SAMUEL PROMOTED TO RUN THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA)

Mr. Abdias Samuel, Deputy Fire Chief of the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services (SKNFRS), has been promoted to run the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Mr. Samuel’s new appointment, which takes effect Monday, July 2nd, 2018, comes following the retirement of the National Disaster Coordinator, Mr. Carl Herbert, earlier this year. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, announced Mr. Samuel’s appointment this […]

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IT’S TIME TO GET READY: HURRICANE SEASON STARTS TODAY

Residents and businesses are reminded to vigorously prepare for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins today. Already Alberto, a subtropical system that preceded the current Hurricane Season by a week, has impacted Florida, along the American Panhandle through the Gulf of Mexico and as far inland as Alabama in the Southern States. But does this mean that the season will be exceptionally severe? Forecasters say no. What they urge individuals and disaster managers to […]

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NEMA VOLUNTEER (Former) COMMENDED FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has joined with the NEMA Volunteers of District One (covering the S.E. Peninsula to Victoria Road – East) to celebrate one of their own. Lloyde Lazar, former Manager of District One, retired from the Unit a few years ago, following an incredibly noteworthy service to his local community, spanning more than twenty years. Mr. Lazar would have joined the NEMA Volunteers in the 90s and continued to serve District […]

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LESSONS LEARNED IN 2017 TO INSTRUCT PREPAREDNESS FOR 2018 HURRICANE SEASON

Folks throughout the region are still recovering after 2017’s devastating hurricane season, and forecasters have already sounded a warning bell about the current season. And even though hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1, storms have been flaring up way in advance of that date. The MET office has indicated that this Atlantic Hurricane Season will be slightly above average, similar to that of 2017. Predictions approximate between 14 and 18 named storms of […]

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RESIDENTS URGED TO PREPARE FOR THE 2018 HURRICANE SEASON USING LESSONS LEARNED FROM 2017 …

GIVE ATTENTION TO THE RELEVANT LOCAL AUTHORITIES Committees comprising the National Disaster Plan reported their state of readiness on Thursday, May 10th, under the Chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Shawn Richards. In keeping with his Mitigation Council responsibilities, Minister Richards concluded that committees are well prepared this year as opposed to the same timeline last year. “I think we are in a much better position in terms of our preparedness actions”, he said, “we […]

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EARLY WARNING: A NATIONAL PRIORITY NEMA EXPLORES EMERGENCY MESSAGING ARRANGEMENT WITH TELECOMMS PROVIDER

Preparing for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season involves a number of actions that link the resources of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to the many stakeholders that support the management of disasters, in the Federation. This is according to Deputy National Disaster Coordinator (DNDC), Mrs. Claricia Langley-Stevens, who has embarked on an aggressive audit to strengthen mitigation efforts of Disaster Management, beginning late last year. “We can’t afford to allow lessons learned, especially after […]

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