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Tropical storm watch issued for TCI

July 9, 2013
A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas as Tropical Storm Chantal continued to strengthen overnight. Residents should start to make preparations as Chantal approaches and small craft operators should not venture far from port.

Watch and warning messages

July 9, 2013
When a Watch is issued: • Fix hurricane shutters or plywood sheets to upper floors of multi-storey buildings. • Ensure that shutters for the ground floor windows and doors are within easy reach. • Check that you have adequate supply of food, drinking water and at least seven days’ supply of...

Tropical Storm Chantal forms; moving quickly towards Lesser Antilles

July 8, 2013
Tropical Storm Chantal formed over the central tropical Atlantic late Sunday night and, at 8:00 am EDT on Monday, was located about 630 miles east-southeast of Barbados, moving towards the west near 26 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, a west-northwestward motion at about the same...

Another warning of above normal hurricane season

June 10, 2013
The June hurricane forecast has been released by the Colorado State University and forecasters continue to predict a very active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. The tropical Atlantic remains very warm, and forecasters do not anticipate development of a significant El Niño.

First named storm of season forms in Gulf of Mexico

June 7, 2013
First named storm of season forms in Gulf of Mexico Tropical Storm Andrea, the first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, formed in the east-central Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 11:00 am EDT on Thursday, the centre of Andrea was located about 110 miles west of Tampa.

NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

May 27, 2013
In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued last Thursday, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which begins June 1...

Tropical Storm Isaac stronger as it heads towards Haiti

August 24, 2012
A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands as Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened as it headed slowly west through the Caribbean on Friday morning towards Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Tropical storm watch issued

August 23, 2012
A tropical storm watch is now in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast Bahamas, including Inagua, Mayaguana, Long Cay, Ragged Island, San Salvador, Acklins and Crooked Island. At 8:00 am EDT on Thursday, the centre of...

Average 2012 hurricane season predicted

June 8, 2012
June 1 marked the official start of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service) is reporting that activity over the six-month period is expected to be average to below average.

Tropical storm Ophelia forms in Atlantic

September 22, 2011
Tropical storm Ophelia forms in Atlantic At 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centre of Ophelia, the latest tropical storm to form in the Atlantic, was located about 1,165 miles east of the Leeward Islands, moving toward the west near 16 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

Two tropical systems moving towards the Caribbean

September 19, 2011
Two tropical systems moving towards the Caribbean The National Hurricane Center in Miami is currently tracking two tropical systems in the Atlantic that are making their way westwards towards the Caribbean. The first is a broad area of low pressure located over the central tropical Atlantic.

Tropical storm Maria expected to miss TCI

September 12, 2011
Tropical storm Maria expected to miss TCI According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, tropical storm Maria will gradually move away from the Turks and Caicos Islands into the open Atlantic. At 11:00 EDT on Sunday, the centre of tropical storm Maria was located by an Air Force Reserve...

New Tropical Storm Maria racing westward

September 8, 2011
New Tropical Storm Maria racing westward At 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centre of Maria, the latest tropical storm to form in the Atlantic, was located about 1,205 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving toward the west near 23 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center...

New tropical depression forms in Atlantic

August 30, 2011
New tropical depression forms in Atlantic A new tropical depression (number 12) formed south of the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic early Monday morning and could become a tropical storm within 24 hours. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Monday...

No CCRIF payouts for Hurricane Irene

August 30, 2011
The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) has announced that, while Hurricane Irene resulted in registered losses in six of its member countries (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis and the TCI.

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