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Posted by:Sep 24th 2004, 10:27:12 pm
Fig Tree News TeamISSUED BY: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
DATE: Sep 16, 2004
TIME: 5:00 pm

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1. Hurricane Jeanne which passed over Haiti as a Tropical Storm and killed more
than 1,000 people is now headed towards the northern Bahamas where a hurricane
warning is in effect;

2. The Emergency Operations Centre in the Bahamas is still activated. The
National Emergency Management Agency has advised that particular attention is
being placed on the Abacos and Grand Bahama Islands where it is anticipated
that flooding is likely to be the main hazard. Persons on these islands have
been advised to evacuate low lying coastal areas and to go into shelters. Teams
deployed during the response to Frances are still on the ground in these
islands and are being used to support the preparations for the impact of
Jeanne. Recovery Centres which were established following the impact of
Hurricane Frances will also be available to assist residents as necessary;

3. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas which includes
the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama
Island, and New Providence. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane force
conditions are expected within the next 24 hours;

4. Grand Bahama Island was hit the hardest by Hurricane Frances three weeks ago
and the international airport on the island was destroyed;

5. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the central Bahamas which includes
Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador. A Tropical
Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning
area in the next 24 hours;

6. San Salvador was the island over which the eye of Hurricane Frances passed
three weeks ago but the infrastructure was able to withstand Frances' poweful
winds;

7. At 5 pm the center of Hurricane Jeanne was located near latitude 26.4 north
and longitude 73.5 west or about 225 miles east of Great Abaco Island. Jeanne
is mvoing westward as 12 mph which would cause the hurricane to make landfall
on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph making Jeanne a Category
Two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Hurricane force winds extend outward
to 45 miles and storm force winds up to 150 miles. The National Hurricane
Centre says that up to 10 inches of rain is possible along the path of Jeanne;

8. The CDERA Coordinating Unit in Barbados remains on 24-hour call to respond
should The Bahamas request support;

9. Updated information on the hurricane track and forecasts as well as
situation reports from The Bahamas can be read at www.cdera.org
Posted by:Sep 24th 2004, 05:58:42 pm
chapelHurricane Jeanne Targets Storm-Weary Florida

6:00p EST

By Frances Kerry

MIAMI (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people on Florida's east coast were told to leave their homes once again on Friday as deadly Hurricane Jeanne approached for what could be a record fourth hurricane hit in a year on the storm-weary state.

Jeanne, which killed more than 1,000 people when it dumped torrential rains on Haiti last weekend, was churning west through the Atlantic Ocean with top winds of 100 mph and forecasters said it could strengthen in the coming day.

The storm was forecast to move over the northern Bahamas on Saturday and hit the Florida coast on Sunday, threatening an area thrashed by Hurricane Frances just three weeks ago.

By Friday afternoon, almost all the east coast of Florida was under a hurricane warning, meaning residents should prepare for hurricane conditions in 24 hours.

Authorities in a string of counties, including the populous southeast urban area of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, and also Brevard, St Lucie and Martin, began urging residents to leave vulnerable coastal areas such as barrier islands and mobile homes, as they had done earlier for Frances.

"We've been through this drill way too many times but we must treat Jeanne as though it were the first hurricane of the season," said Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas.

Florida was still recovering from an extremely rare series of three hurricanes -- Charley, Frances and Ivan -- since Aug. 13 that have caused tens of billions of dollars in losses, and hammered sectors such as the citrus industry and tourism.

"People are just weary, and pretty frazzled," said Joan Heller, spokeswoman for emergency management in Brevard County, where some 185,000 people in vulnerable homes were told to get moving.

Brevard spans the area near NASA (news - web sites)'s space center at Cape Canaveral south through the city of Melbourne. Like much of the central coast, it was badly hit when Frances lumbered ashore on Sept. 5, wrecking a Labor Day holiday weekend normally devoted to shopping and tourism.

Authorities feared that people would be sick of the storms and not take protective measures.

"You cannot afford to take this situation any less seriously than with previous storms," said the National Weather Service (news - web sites) in Melbourne, reminding residents in the area that structures already battered by previous storms would be more vulnerable to Jeanne.

LINES FOR SUPPLIES, AND GAS

In a familiar ritual, people began crowding stores for supplies such as batteries and water, filling up on gas and preparing for days without power.

"You can't get a generator anywhere in the county," said a Martin County spokesman, David Graham.

Hurricane warnings, meaning residents should expect hurricane conditions in 24 hours, were in effect for the northwestern part of the Bahamas, a 700-island chain with a population of 300,000.

Residents of Grand Bahama and Abaco, both still recovering from the ravages of Frances three weeks ago, were braced for a fresh onslaught. People in low-lying coastal areas were urged to evacuate.

Hurricane warnings were also issued for the Florida coast from Florida City, south of Miami, to St. Augustine near the Georgia border, while a hurricane watch, meaning possible storm conditions in 36 hours, was issued for north of St. Augustine to Altamaha Sound in Georgia.

Frank Lepore, a spokesman for the U.S. National Hurricane Center (news - web sites), said that if Jeanne did slam into Florida it would be the first time since record keeping began in 1851 that the state had been hit by four hurricanes in one season.

Gov. Jeb Bush, younger brother of President Bush (news - web sites), issued a state of emergency for Florida, "one more time."

"This is the fourth such order that I have issued since mid-August and a precedent that I'm not particularly thrilled to have set," he said.

At 5 p.m., the center of Jeanne was about 225 miles east of the Bahamas' Grand Abaco Island near latitude 26.4 north and longitude 73.5 west, the hurricane center said. It was moving west at about 12 mph.

(Additional reporting by Michael Peltier in Tallahassee)
Posted by:Sep 24th 2004, 05:39:50 pm
chapelHURRICANE JEANNE ADVISORY NUMBER 45
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 PM EDT FRI SEP 24 2004

...JEANNE GETTING A LITTLE BETTER ORGANIZED AS IT MOVES WESTWARD
TOWARD THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS...

...NEW WARNINGS AND WATCHES ISSUED FOR FLORIDA AND GEORGIA...

AT 5 PM EDT...2100Z...THE HURRICANE WATCH IS UPGRADED TO A HURRICANE
WARNING ALONG THE FLORIDA EAST COAST FROM FLORIDA CITY NORTHWARD TO
ST. AUGUSTINE...INCLUDING LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS
...INCLUDING THE ABACOS...ANDROS ISLAND...BERRY ISLANDS...BIMINI...
ELEUTHERA...GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND...AND NEW PROVIDENCE. A HURRICANE
WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING
AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

AT 5 PM EDT...A HURRICANE WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE NORTHEAST
FLORIDA AND GEORGIA COASTS FROM NORTH OF ST. AUGUSTINE NORTHWARD TO
ALTAMAHA SOUND GEORGIA. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE
CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS
...INCLUDING CAT ISLAND...THE EXUMAS...LONG ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND
SAN SALVADOR. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
Posted by:Sep 24th 2004, 01:48:43 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFriday, September 24, 2004, Eleuthera Bahamas.

Jeanne is fast approaching. Clouds are a dark boiling mass to our Northeast. Winds have picked up in the last few minutes and are gusting from 25-30 mph. Rain bands are coming in consistent intervals with the breaks in between decreasing as each new band arrives. The seas on the Caribbean side are heavy and coming out of the west. Tighten up everyone.

Live from Gregory Town, this is Kimberly Morgan.
Posted by:Sep 24th 2004, 11:27:12 am
Fig Tree News TeamHURRICANE JEANNE ADVISORY NUMBER 43
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 AM EDT FRI SEP 24 2004

AT 5 AM AST...0900Z...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A
HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE
ABACOS...ANDROS ISLAND...BERRY ISLANDS...BIMINI...ELEUTHERA...GRAND
BAHAMA ISLAND...AND NEW PROVIDENCE. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT
HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE
NEXT 24 HOURS.

AT 5 AM AST...0900Z...THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A
TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...INCLUDING CAT
ISLAND...THE EXUMAS...LONG ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND SAN SALVADOR. A
TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

AT 5 AM EDT...0900Z...A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT ALONG THE EAST
COAST OF FLORIDA FROM FLORIDA CITY TO ST. AUGUSTINE...INCLUDING LAKE
OKEECHOBEE. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA IN THE NEXT 36 HOURS.

INTERESTS ELSEWHERE ON THE FLORIDA PENINSULA SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR
THE PROGRESS OF JEANNE.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT FROM SUNDOWN TONIGHT UNTIL SUNDOWN SATURDAY IS YOM KIPPUR...A SOLEMN JEWISH HOLIDAY. YOUR JEWISH NEIGHBORS IN THE WATCH AND WARNING AREAS OBSERVING YOM KIPPUR WILL NOT BE LISTENING TO RADIOS OR WATCHING TV...AND MAY NOT BE AWARE OF THE HURRICANE SITUATION.
Posted by:Sep 24th 2004, 10:50:39 am
chapelBahamas, Florida Brace for Hurricane Jeanne

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Bahamas and Florida began bracing on Friday for the approach of Hurricane Jeanne, an already deadly storm moving westward in the Atlantic Ocean with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph.

The Bahamas' government issued a hurricane warning for the northwestern part of the island chain, including Grand Bahama Island and New Providence, which includes the capital, Nassau, said the National Hurricane Center (news - web sites) in Miami.

The warning means hurricane conditions are expected in the next 24 hours. The central Bahamas were under a tropical storm warning.

A hurricane watch took effect along the east coast of Florida from Florida City to St. Augustine, including Lake Okeechobee, alerting residents that hurricane conditions were possible in the next 36 hours, the hurricane center said.

The storm was expected to hit the northern Bahamas on Saturday and the east coast of Florida on Sunday, it said.

At 5 a.m., Jeanne was about 340 miles east of the Bahamas' Grand Abaco Island near latitude 26.1 north and longitude 71.6 west. It was moving toward the west near eight mph.

As a tropical storm, Jeanne soaked Haiti last weekend with torrential rains that triggered flooding and mudslides, killing 1,150 people and leaving 1,200 missing. It also killed two people in the U.S. Caribbean territory of Puerto Rico and 11 in the Dominican Republic.

The storm meandered in the Atlantic for a few days and strengthened as it looped around in a circle before fixing a course for storm-stunned Florida.

The state is still struggling to pick up the pieces from Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan, which killed 85 people in Florida in the past five weeks. Insured damage was estimated at $7.4 billion for Charley, $4.4 billion for Frances and between $3 billion and $6 billion for Ivan.

The remains of another deadly storm, Hurricane Ivan, were weakening on Friday morning over southeastern Texas after buffeting the Louisiana coast on Thursday night with heavy rains and gusty winds as it moved in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Ivan, now a tropical depression, had maximum sustained winds near 30 mph, much diminished from the ferocious storm that earlier killed more than 100 people.

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