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- SxmDCOMM - ODM Says Tropical Depression #6 Not a Threat to Country. Passing several hundred miles away
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:14:14 -0400
News Release

 

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Philipsburg, Sint Maarten W.I. Tel. +1 721 543-1162, 542-4119, Fax: 543-1169; Email: gis at sintmaarten.net or dcomm at sintmaartengov.org; Website: www.sintmaartengov.org

 

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 11, 2014/N157

 

ODM Says Tropical Depression #6 Not a Threat to Country.  Passing several hundred miles away

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) on Thursday said the formation of Tropical Depression (TD#6) #6 in the far central Atlantic Ocean does not pose a threat to the country.  The system will pass several hundred miles away from the country.

 

At 5.00pm on Thursday afternoon September 11, the National Hurricane Center upgraded a Low Pressure system

To TD#6 which was located 940 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.

 

Maximum sustained winds are 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.  Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and the depression could become a tropical storm.

 

TD#6 is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour.  There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect as the system is in the open Atlantic Ocean.

 

# # #

 

Roddy Heyliger (Email/Blackberry: roddyheyliger at gmail.com; roddy.heyliger at sintmaartengov.org; Cells: +1 721 520-4217, 581-6323)

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Sint Maarten

 


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- SxmDCOMM - Tourism Sector and Business Community Reminded It Only Takes One
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:42:30 -0400

 News Release

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Ennia Bldg., Longwall Rd., Philipsburg, Sint Maarten W.I. Tel. +1 721 543-1162, 542-4119, Fax: 543-1169; Email: gis at sintmaarten.net or dcomm at sintmaartengov.org; Website: www.sintmaartengov.org

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 19, 2014/N141

Tourism Sector and Business Community Reminded It Only Takes One

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Office of Disaster Management is advising the country’s economic mainstay, the tourism sector and business community, to review hurricane preparation plans since we just started the most active part of the 2014 hurricane season which runs from August 15 and through October 15.

The tourism sector, business community and also residents are advised to pay keen attention to weather reports with special focus on the Eastern Atlantic Ocean where tropical weather systems that form off the African Coast (Cape Verde Islands) can become a serious threat to the Eastern Caribbean island chain. 

At this stage of the hurricane season, tourism-oriented businesses should be prepared.  The prevention of the loss of life of our visitors and staff along with protecting property from damage is the responsibility of every business owner.

The engine of the economy is every single business operation on the island.  Each one plays a very important role in the island’s tourism-oriented service economy.

As the Office of Disaster Management annual theme says, “It only takes one!” Now is the time for business community in its entirety as well as residents to review what preparations are in place, and not when a storm is about to hit.

The hurricane season runs through November 30.

# # #

Roddy Heyliger (Email/Blackberry: roddyheyliger at gmail.com, roddy.heyliger at sintmaartengov.org; Cells: +1 721 520-4217, 581-6323)

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Sint Maarten

 


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- SxmDCOMM - Boat owners advised to review hurricane season preparatory plans
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:41:25 -0400

News Release

 

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Longwall Rd., Philipsburg, Sint Maarten W.I. Tel. +1 721 543-1162, 542-4119, Fax: 543-1169; Email: gis at sintmaarten.net or dcomm at sintmaartengov.org; Website: www.sintmaartengov.org

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 15, 2014/N140

 

Boat owners advised to review hurricane season preparatory plans

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Boat owners are being advised by the Office of Disaster Management to review their hurricane preparatory plans so they can be ready to take action in the event of a storm/hurricane threat to the island during the remaining part of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

 

The 2014 hurricane season has already seen two systems form.  With the start of the peak months from mid-August and September up to mid-October, preparation is essential in order not to be caught off guard.

 

The Office of Disaster Management hereby advises mariners to ask themselves, “How have you prepared yourself for the hurricane season?”

 

Hurricanes have been the cause of many maritime disasters. 

 

Systems that are forecast to make landfall within 50-100 nautical miles of a particular port tend to be more destructive than those that approach the port from over land or parallel the coast in the vicinity of the port.  Also, ports located in the right front quadrant, based on direction of movement of hurricanes during landfall tend to have higher winds, seas, and storm surge.

 

The decision to leave port for hurricane avoidance must be made very clearly.  Consideration to the latest safe departure time and likely avoidance routes must be balanced with a number of other factors.  Most important of these is time versus distance.

 

The risk of damage to a vessel at sea increases as the motion of the hurricane increases towards the maximum safe speed of the vessel attempting to leave port in advance of that system. 

 

Considerations to remain in port during hurricane passage must include an evaluation of the amount of protection afforded by the port.  The direction from which the strongest winds are forecast to blow along with the potential for storm surge must be factored in when deciding whether to seek haven pier side or at anchorage.

 

ODM says, ‘Remember It Only Takes One to Make It a Bad Season.’

 

# # #

 

Roddy Heyliger (Email/Blackberry: roddyheyliger at gmail.com; roddy.heyliger at sintmaartengov.org)

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Sint Maarten


  


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- SxmDCOMM - ODM says Tropical Storm Bertha was a wakeup call for the nation
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:22:40 -0400
News Release

 

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Philipsburg, Sint Maarten W.I. Tel. +1 721 543-1162, 542-4119, Fax: 543-1169; Email: gis at sintmaarten.net or dcomm at sintmaartengov.org; Website: www.sintmaartengov.org

 

For Immediate Release: Sunday, August 03, 2014/N136

 

ODM says Tropical Storm Bertha was a wakeup call for the nation

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) says the passing of Tropical Storm (TS) Bertha on Friday night into Saturday was a wakeup call for the nation.

 

Bertha, the second named storm for the Atlantic hurricane season, passed well south of the country, however the northern fringes of the system did influence weather conditions on the island as had been forecasted by the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS) late Friday afternoon.

 

MDS issued a Small Craft Advisory whereby sea conditions were expected to deteriorate quickly as TS Bertha passes south of the island.  Seas were expected to peak at nine feet sometime Friday night into Saturday.  An increase in shower activity and thunder activity with high winds were also anticipated.

 

ODM would like to remind the nation that the country is approaching the peak period of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

 

The peak period runs from mid-August to mid-October with most storm activity taking place in September.

 

ODM would like the public to use this opportunity to review their personal home and business hurricane season preparations.

 

For the home, residents should look at what items they have in their yard that could blow away.  These should be properly secured in the event of inclement weather.

 

Other items that are not needed but can be found around the yard should be put outside for waste haulage companies to throw away.

 

Political party contractors need to review their plans with respect to the billboards that have been erected in different parts of the country.  Many billboards were blown down, and therefore parties need to review their plans with respect to the impact that inclement weather can have and what action they will take in the near future.

 

Contractors and builders need to review their plans with respect to construction sites and to make sure that building materials, containers and other items that could blow away are properly secured in the event of inclement weather.

 

# # #

 

Roddy Heyliger (Email/Blackberry: roddyheyliger at gmail.com; roddy.heyliger at sintmaartengov.org; Cells: +1 721 520-4217, 581-6323)

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Sint Maarten

 




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- Fwd: SxmDCOMM - ODM Calls on Public to Monitor the Progress of Tropical Storm Bertha
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:37:32 -0400

News Release

 

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Philipsburg, Sint Maarten W.I. Tel. +1 721 543-1162, 542-4119, Fax: 543-1169; Email: gis at sintmaarten.net or dcomm at sintmaartengov.org; Website: www.sintmaartengov.org

 

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 01, 2014/N134-9.30AM

 

ODM Calls on Public to Monitor the Progress of Tropical Storm Bertha

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) is closely monitoring the progress of the second Tropical Storm (TS) for the Atlantic hurricane season, TS Bertha.

 

Based on the 8.00am advisory, TS Bertha does not pose a threat to country Sint Maarten.

 

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of this fast moving storm and will provide an additional update later today-Friday should this be warranted. 

 

The population is advised to monitor weather reports for any further updates.

 

A Small Craft Advisory will come into effect from 6.00pm today-Friday according to the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS).  Sea conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly today and tonight as TS Bertha passes south of the island.  Seas are expected to peak at nine feet sometime tonight into Saturday.  An increase in shower activity and thunder activity with high winds according to MDS are expected.

 

TS Bertha was located on Friday morning at 8.00am was 110 miles east north east of Barbados and 220 miles east south east of Martinique.

 

TS Bertha is forecasted to pass north of Barbados today-Friday and through the central Lesser Antilles on tonight-Friday and into the Northeastern Caribbean on Saturday.

 

The Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) has been busy cleaning various areas in the event of any rainfall that should come from the system when it passes south of the country.

 

The three storm pumps are on standby and the ministry has made the necessary preparations for the season overall.

 

# # #

 

Roddy Heyliger (Email/Blackberry: roddyheyliger at gmail.com; roddy.heyliger at sintmaartengov.org; Cells: +1 721 520-4217, 581-6323)

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Sint Maarten

 




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- SxmCOM - Minister Lake calls on community and political parties to monitor weather
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:18:09 -0400
News Release

Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure, Government Administration Building, Clem Labega Square, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten W.I., Website: www.sintmaartengov.org

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 29, 2014/N189

Minister Lake calls on community and political parties to monitor weather

 

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Planning and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake is calling on the community and political parties to monitor the weather in the coming days.

 

There is a weather system located over 1400 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands.

 

The system according to weather sources remains organized, and could develop into a Tropical Depression.

 

“We have some bad weather out in the Atlantic Ocean several days away.  It should be closely monitored by residents.  I am also calling on the political parties to monitor the weather closely as well.

 

“The country is awash with political campaign paraphernalia from posters to billboards.  Public safety is priority number one. I would like all political parties to review their planning at this point in time with respect to removing their billboards and posters in the event of bad weather,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Tuesday.

 

# # #

 

Roddy Heyliger (Email/Blackberry: roddyheyliger at gmail.com; roddy.heyliger at sintmaartengov.org) Cells: +1 721 520-4217, 581-6323)

Press Secretary to the:

Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure,

Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunications,

Ministry of Finance

 


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- SxmDCOMM - ODM: Do not be complacent this hurricane season; First hurricane of the season forms
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 21:37:55 -0400
News Release

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Ennia Bldg., Longwall Rd., Philipsburg, Sint Maarten W.I. Tel. +1 721 543-1162, 542-4119, Fax: 543-1169; Email: gis at sintmaarten.net or dcomm at sintmaartengov.org; Website: www.sintmaartengov.org

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 03, 2014/N117

ODM: Do not be complacent this hurricane season; First hurricane of the season forms

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The first hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Arthur, formed this week off the U.S. coast of Florida/Carolinas.

Even though the system does not pose a threat to the country, it is indeed a reminder that we are in the hurricane season and everybody needs to be prepared.

The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is appealing to residents not to let their guard down, preparedness pays off, do not be complacent. 

The Eastern Caribbean island chain will see an increase in the formation of tropical wave systems coming off the coast of Africa from now until after mid-October, and these waves have the potential to develop into a tropical storm.

ODM is calling on the Sint Maarten community to view the formation of the first hurricane of the season as a reminder that they should not become complacent and to make sure everybody has everything in place and are storm ready. 

Home owners and business operators must take the required actions to minimize the risk of injury and damage to property in case there is a hurricane strike, and the time to act is now if you haven’t already.   

Being prepared is essential prior to a hurricane strike.  Businesses and government must survive and recover from a disaster as quick as possible which would ensure that the economy can be up and running and our way of life returns to normal.

Remember, it only takes one to make this a bad hurricane season for the country.

The hurricane season runs through November 30.

# # #

Roddy Heyliger (Email/Blackberry: roddyheyliger at gmail.com, roddy.heyliger at sintmaartengov.org; Cells: +1 721 520-4217, 581-6323)

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Sint Maarten

 

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Roddy Heyliger - BB pin 21437DBE

Sint Maarten Online Newsday Source
 
Checkout my profile on LinkedIn.com
       
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Mobile: +1-721 520-4217 or 721-581-6323
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- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:35:10 -0400
Greetings from St Maarten
It is starting out to be another hot hazy day today . I suspect the heat will be intense today as it has been for the last several days. The haze and humidity without much of a breeze has been making  it uncomfortable.
Gert’s post on June 2 welcomes us to the 2014 hurricane season.
And then I see he quietly mentions the need for donations. So, Gert, I just made a donation. Any one of us who can donate a little something should do so. We all rely on this site for so much during the hurricane season.
 
Have a great day everyone.
Here is a picture of some Surinam cherries we picked from our tree.
 

surinam

 
 
 

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 21:43:40 -0400
We just had  a very heavy thunderstorm with LOTS of rain, and it is still raining.
I went out in the rain to check my rain gauge.  (I must be crazy to do that)
It had 4 inches of water in it.
Now I am wet and cold but I know how much rain fell.
 
 

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 10:08:56 -0400
Good morning

St Maarten had heavy rain yesterday into the night. My rain gauge measured a little over 2 inches.
We needed the rain as the island was very dry.
It is overcast this morning but no significant rain so far.

Meteo.Fr still has us under yellow vigilance, meaning chance of heavy rains and thunderstorms.
http://www.meteo.gp/donnees/bulletin/vi ... ilance.php

St. Maarten Dutch Side Met Office states "Today through Saturday: Cloudy to overcast with scattered showers some of which may be heavy and a chance of thunder."

http://www.meteosxm.com/weather/forecast/


Regards to all
Barbara

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