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Posted by:Sep 17th 2004, 02:25:02 am
chapelNWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 PM AST THU SEP 16 2004

...JEANNE MOVING SLOWLY ALONG THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLAND OF
HISPANIOLA FROM LE MOLE ST NICHOLAS HAITI EASTWARD TO SANTO
DOMINGO.

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN
BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ACKLINS...CROOKED ISLAND...THE
INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED ISLANDS...AS WELL AS FOR THE
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...
INCLUDING CAT ISLAND...THE EXUMAS...LONG ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND SAN
SALVADOR.

INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
JEANNE.

AT 11 PM AST...0300Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JEANNE WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 19.4 NORTH... LONGITUDE 69.7 WEST OR ABOUT 65
MILES... 100 KM... NORTH-NORTHEAST OF SANTO DOMINGO IN THE
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

JEANNE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 6 MPH
... 9 KM/HR...AND A SLIGHT INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED
DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER WILL
CONTINUE TO MOVE NEAR OR ALONG THE NORTH COAST OF HISPANIOLA
OVERNIGHT AND EARLY FRIDAY...AND BE NEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS
LATER ON FRIDAY.
Posted by:Sep 16th 2004, 06:27:40 pm
Fig Tree News TeamThursday, September 16, 2004

Promises, Promises
Red Cross: Some 'donors' balking

By TAMARA McKENZIE, Guardian Staff Reporter

Although The Bahamas Red Cross has been receiving donations from various organisations and private citizens since the passing of Hurricane Frances, it is still not "pleased."

"A lot of persons are making promises, and we have not seen it come forward," claimed President of the Red Cross Society, Gerald Sawyer on Tuesday during an exclusive interview with The Guardian.

Days before Hurricane Frances hit The Bahamas on September 2, The Red Cross publicly announced that the organisation had limited supplies in stock and did not have the funds to purchase additional ones. The organisation also highlighted that it was presently in need of cash to pay for light, water, telephone, wages, and dry food supplies. It also indicated that its overdraft limit was $40,000, and last year, it rose to as much as $120,000, resulting in a warning that it could no longer exceed its limit and its balance must be above $80,000.

Mr Sawyer explained on Tuesday, that so far, the outreach organisation has received some $80,000, which comprised "small" cheques in various amounts, $10,000 from Imperial Life Insurance Company, $5,000 from The Bahamas Health Insurance Association, $24,000 from The United States Embassy, and $3,000 from The Bahamas Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. He added that a cheque has been promised to The Red Cross from Shell Bahamas in the amount of $10,000.

Mr Sawyer urged individuals to assist fellow Bahamians, as many are still "suffering." He said although things are "back to normal" in New Providence, there are persons in the capital that also need help. "We have already given out some beds to persons in New Providence that were flooded, so I am asking persons to continue to give," he said.

Mr Sawyer pointed out that although the Red Cross has been receiving donations, most have been singled out for disaster relief as a result of hurricanes. He explained, however, that the rules and regulations of the Red Cross require all disaster funds to be used only for disaster purposes.

"If persons give us donations, and they say it is a result of the hurricane appeal, we can only put it in the disaster account. If persons come and say this is a donation to be used at your discretion, then we can put it in our ordinary account," he said.

According to Mr Sawyer, the organisation has so far received donations for disaster, with the exception of a donation from the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City Utah. He said the religious organisation delivered 28 palates of dry food, a portion of which was sent directly to Grand Bahama, and the remainder was shared amongst other islands devastated by Hurricane Frances. The church also gave the Red Cross health kits and a cheque in the amount of $25,000 to use at its discretion.

And with donations so far received, Mr Sawyer said, the organisation has to pay for transportation to various islands and have ordered products that have not been donated, such as Bleach, detergents, baby products, pampers, Depends undergarments, and ensure. He said the Red Cross has to focus on all age-groups.

In regard to distribution of items, Mr Sawyer said the Red Cross is working in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and with the Department of Social Services and sometimes the Salvation Army to ensure that goods are properly distributed. Mr Sawyer noted that because relief products arrived to the Red Cross "late," the items cannot be divided into "family packs"; therefore, most of the products are being distributed in bulk.

"We are relying on our representatives with the respective items to break the items down into family packs," he said, adding that items would be continuously shipped to various affected islands, months after a hurricane has passed.

The Red Cross Chief said some 80 per cent of items received from the U.S. government, such as water bottles, plastic sheathing, water balloons, and health kits were sent to Grand Bahama since last week. The United States government, he said, also donated a water treatment kit to the Rand Hospital. He estimated that some $250,000 has been spent by the U.S. government to lend assistance to hurricane victims.

Mr Sawyer admitted that relief items should have already been pre-packaged for dispersal, but some 6,000 letters have been issued over the past two to three months, with minimal response. He said it was unfortunate a hurricane had to hit The Bahamas to "wake up" everyone.

The Red Cross Chief also stated that in order to receive further assistance, City Markets has placed bins in its stores to collect food products, as well as a box to collect two-dollar food stamps for the Red Cross to redeem . Bins have also been placed in Super Value food stores, and Solomon's Super Center has been collecting food and money on behalf of the Red Cross. Alpha Sounds, the organiser of a soca concert scheduled for this weekend, also plans to donate all funds to the Red Cross.

Meanwhile, the latest donation to the Red Cross came on Tuesday afternoon from The Bahamas Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, who donated canned items and a cheque in the amount of $3,000.

President of The Bahamas Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, Dr Leonard Johnson, told The Guardian they hope to help all agencies seeking to heal and rebuild the country. He said if the church operates in an isolated manner, it would not be meeting the needs of Bahamian citizens.

"We recognise that the government cannot do everything alone, but at the same time, we have to be so careful that we do not duplicate what the other person is doing."

"Those who are in charge have to ensure that these goods and whatever is needed is distributed in such a way that all people are helped and all islands and affected areas impacted in a positive way," said Dr Johnson.
Posted by:Sep 16th 2004, 06:23:19 pm
chapelJeanne threatening Bahamas
Storm to be felt in SE Bahamas Friday

MINDELL SMALL, Guardian Staff Reporter

The fast-developing tropical cyclone, which formed on Monday near the Leeward Islands, is now Tropical Storm Jeanne and is moving in the direction of The Bahamas. On Wednesday, Jeanne, the 10th named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, was expected to strengthen into a category one hurricane within the next day.

Senior forecaster at Nassau's Meteorological Office, Ken Jones said residents of the Southeast Bahamas should feel the effects of the storm as early as Friday when its centre was forecasted to be near Inagua. A hurricane watch was issued for the Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands Wednesday evening.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jeanne was centred near latitude 18.4 degrees north and longitude 66.5 degrees west or 25 miles west of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 810 miles southeast of Nassau. It was moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour with gusts past hurricane strength to 85 miles per hour. Its tropical storm force winds extended 40 miles from the centre.

If Jeanne stays on course, it is expected to affect the Central and Northwest Bahamas on Saturday and Sunday.

Mr Jones said the storm appeared more likely to veer more to the north, moving east of The Bahamas rather than parallel to it.

"The advisory we got at 11 o'clock was still bringing it through The Bahamas and moving just east of Abaco. But the next one brought it more to the east of The Bahamas."

The timing of the anticipated northwest to north turn was said to be crucial. The turn would have to occur later today (Thursday) in order for the more populated islands in the country to be spared.

Mr Jones urged residents to pay close attention to the storm, saying it was difficult to plot its course more than three days into the future. He explained that the hurricane projection cone, produced by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, was a mathematical formula based on an average of the most extreme paths that storms being tracked were likely to take.

In trying to find a "brighter" side to the storm, he said it was not expected to create devastation, as did Frances, because it would not have sufficient time to strengthen past a category one hurricane before leaving The Bahamas.

"It is expected to become a hurricane but only minimum. We don't expect it to go higher than category one, maybe 75 or 80 miles per hour."

However, before strengthening, Jeanne was expected to weaken slightly as it interacted with Hispaniola. Re-strengthening was forecasted once it entered Bahamian waters.

"And it should be slow to strengthen because it's getting a little bit of sheering from upper level winds too," said Mr Jones.

He further noted that because of the storm's proximity to The Bahamas, it would generate rough seas throughout the country over weekend even if it took a more northerly turn. If it veered northwest to north as early as today, some islands in the southeast would still experience 20 to 30 mile per hour winds.

Asked if it was unusual that tropical cyclones were developing so frequently in the region, the senior meteorologist said, "I've never seen anything like it, one storm behind the other so close together."

He was referring to Hurricane Charlie, which slammed into Southwest Florida on Aug. 13, Hurricane Frances which affected The Bahamas on Sept. 2, 3 and 4, Hurricane Ivan, which struck Jamaica on September 10, presently affecting the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Hurricane warnings for Jeanne were posted for the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic Wednesday.

The storm also forced Disney Cruise Line to divert one of its ships, the Disney Magic, to Nassau. The ship was scheduled to go to St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. When Jeanne passed St Croix, the southernmost of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday night, it reportedly dumped about seven inches of rain and left about 50,000 people without power.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Jeanne killed two people in Puerto Rico. A woman was reportedly killed when a metal sheet from her roof was ripped off by winds striking her in the head. An elderly man reportedly died when he fell off his house's roof while trying to install storm shutters.

AP also said the storm cut water to some 30,000 people in the northeast of Puerto Rico and knocked out power to about 1,000 homes near the capital, San Juan. About 800 people throughout the U.S. territory had reportedly evacuated and were staying in shelters.
Posted by:Sep 16th 2004, 05:51:03 pm
Fig Tree News TeamBack to a tropical storm, which bodes well ... most strike probability charts at this point show Jeanne's targeted path to be some 30 miles east of Harbour Island by the weekend:

5 PM AST THU SEP 16 2004

...JEANNE A STRONG TROPICAL STORM OVER THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC...

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAS DISCONTINUED THE HURRICANE WARNING AND WATCH FOR THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. THESE HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH A TROPICAL STORM WARNING...WHICH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLAND OF HISPANIOLA FROM LE MOLE ST NICHOLAS HAITI EASTWARD TO SANTO DOMINGO.

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN
BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ACKLINS...CROOKED ISLAND...THE
INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED ISLANDS...AS WELL AS FOR THE
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS... INCLUDING CAT ISLAND...THE EXUMAS...LONG ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND SAN SALVADOR.

INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF JEANNE.

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JEANNE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 19.0 NORTH... LONGITUDE 69.3 WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES... 85 KM... NORTHEAST OF SANTO DOMINGO IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

JEANNE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 8 MPH ...13 KM/HR. A TURN TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT. THE CENTER OF JEANNE IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN JUST INLAND OF THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR MUCH OF THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 70 MPH...110 KM/HR...WITH GUSTS TO HURRICANE FORCE. SOME ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS EXPECTED WHILE THE CENTER REMAINS OVER LAND...BUT JEANNE COULD REGAIN HURRICANE STRENGTH AFTER IT MOVES OFF THE ISLAND OF HISPANIOLA. A SUSTAINED WIND TO 69 MPH...111 KM/HR...WAS REPORTED AT LA ROMANA IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AT 4 PM AST.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES
...110 KM FROM THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 990 MB...29.23 INCHES.

STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS... ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTH COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TODAY. WINDS AND SEAS WILL CONTINUE SUBSIDING ALONG THE COASTLINE OF PUERTO RICO DURING THE DAY.
Posted by:Sep 16th 2004, 12:59:24 pm
Fig Tree News TeamSeptember 16, 2004
Jeanne Strengthens Into A Hurricane

At 8 a.m. EDT, the center of the storm was over the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic at latitude 18.7 north and longitude 68.4 west, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Storm Jeanne became a hurricane on Thursday, raising the threat to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and hundreds of islands in the northern Caribbean.

Jeanne's sustained winds grew to 80 mph as it walloped Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that is home to about 4 million people, and the Dominican Republic.

Residents on the north coast of Haiti, the poor nation of 8 million that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, were warned to expect tropical storm conditions. Haiti has been largely deforested and is vulnerable to deadly flash floods and mudslides.

The southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos, a British colony, were also under storm alerts.

At 8 a.m. EDT, the center of the storm was over the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic at latitude 18.7 north and longitude 68.4 west, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

It was moving due west at about 9 mph and was expected to turn slightly, toward the west-northwest, in the next 24 hours, forecasters said.

Forecasters said the Dominican Republic, where nearly 9 million people live, could expect up to 13 inches of rain that could trigger floods and mudslides.

The soggy system, which struck Puerto Rico as a tropical storm, dumped more than a foot of rain on the island and sent many rivers to flood levels.

Jeanne was the 10th tropical storm of the busy Atlantic hurricane season and became the sixth to turn into a hurricane. The average season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, has about 10 tropical storms.

Jeanne became a hurricane as Ivan pounded the U.S. Gulf Coast after slamming ashore in Alabama with winds of 130 mph. Ivan has killed at least 70 people.

Reuters
Posted by:Sep 16th 2004, 12:02:38 pm
chapel11 AM AST THU SEP 16 2004

...HURRICANE WARNING ISSUED FOR SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS AS JEANNE
SCRAPES THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC...

AT 11 AM AST...1500Z...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A
HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE
ACKLINS...CROOKED ISLAND...THE INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED
ISLANDS...AS WELL AS FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

AT 11 AM AST...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ALSO ISSUED A
HURRICANE WATCH FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...INCLUDING CAT
ISLAND...THE EXUMAS...LONG ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND SAN SALVADOR.
Posted by:Sep 16th 2004, 12:01:33 pm
Fig Tree News Team8 AM AST THU SEP 16 2004

...JEANNE BECOMES A HURRICANE...THE 6TH OF THE 2004 SEASON...NEAR THE EASTERN TIP OF HISPANIOLA...

A HURRICANE WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN
COASTS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM LA PLATA SOUTHWARD TO ISLA
SAONA.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND A HURRICANE WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ALONG
THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM WEST OF PUERTO
PLATA WESTWARD TO MONTE CRISTO. THIS AREA WILL LIKELY BE UPGRADED TO
A HURRICANE WARNING LATER THIS MORNING.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT
ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM ISLA SAONA
WESTWARD TO SANTO DOMINGO. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE ALSO
LIKELY ALONG THE NORTH COAST OF HAITI.

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...
INCLUDING THE ACKLINS...CROOKED ISLAND...THE INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...
AND THE RAGGED ISLANDS...AS WELL AS FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS
ISLANDS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
JEANNE.

DATA FROM A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE AND DOPPLER RADAR FROM PUERTO RICO
INDICATE THAT JEANNE HAS BECOME A HURRICANE. AT 8 AM AST...1200Z...
THE CENTER OF HURRICANE JEAN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.7 NORTH
...LONGITUDE 68.4 WEST...OVER THE EASTERN TIP OF HISPANIOLA OR CABO
ENGANO IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

JEANNE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 9 MPH...15 KM/HR. A GRADUAL
TURN TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED TO FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 80 MPH...130 KM/HR...
WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING
THE NEXT 24 HOURS AS JEANNE HUGS THE NORTH COAST OF THE DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC. CABO ENGANO RECENTLY REPORTED SUSTAINED WINDS OF 56
MPH...91 KM/HR.

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