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- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:20:02 -0400
Be Safe, Bermuda!
 

- GONZALO: Missing people in St. Barts and St. Martin (French part) retrieved | Les disparus ont été retrouvés
  • From: nettlebay <nettlebay at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:39:57 -0400
It's official: no fatalities in St. Barts and St. Martin, French side. All missing mariners (16) have been retrieved or rescued.
C'est officiel: pas de victimes à St Barth et St Martin, côté français. Tous les plaisanciers manquants (16) ont été retrouvés ou secourus.

Patrice Airiau​​, St Martin, Baie Nettlé


- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:13:09 -0400
Good morning
Clean up on St Maarten continues.
We are bouncing back as quickly as we can.
FYI, here are some before and after pictures compiled showing the devastation on the French side.
 
I believe NHC continually under forecast this storm. We were not prepared for such an intense storm. They called it a CAT 1 when it came over us and we definitely experienced much stronger winds than that. From what I hear, the same thing happened in Antigua.
 
Thinking of our friends in Bermuda. Please be safe and careful! Take every precaution!

- SxmDCOMM: 4TH COPI UPDATE - POST HURRICANE GONZALO NATIONAL CLEAN UP AND RECOVERY
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:23:18 -0400

4th POST HURRICANE GONZALO NATIONAL CLEAN UP AND RECOVERY

On Wednesday a second follow-up COPI (operational disaster management group) met to assess the current recovery phase of the country.  Additional information will be provided on Thursday as the national cleanup effort continues and additional updates come in from the various Emergency Support Functions that are leading the national clean up and recovery effort.

INTRODUCTION:

This is the fourth update in connection with the post-Hurricane Gonzalo recovery phase.  COPI continues to receive on-going assessment reports as recovery and cleanup efforts continue:

NV GEBE ELECTRICITY & WATER SUPPLY:

·      GEBE Electricity: Unsafe situation concerning live wires have been completed.  GEBE crews have now started reconnecting households in areas that still have outages. Call GEBEs emergency number to provide information about your outage such as your address and phone number: 1 844 4323 213.

 

·      Water: all consumers should have water service by 7.00pm, Wednesday evening.  12 water storage tanks are being filled to capacity.  The country’s three water plants are working full capacity to restore water to consumers.  Some challenges during the course of Wednesday have been resolved.  Customers who still have challenges with water Wednesday evening should call GEBEs emergency number 1 844 4323 213 to report the aforementioned.

SCHOOLS:

·      Contractors start work on eight schools on Thursday.  CIA school will be open on Thursday.  Traffic Police will be in the Cupecoy area to assist with any traffic congestion.  Ministry VROMI is currently assisting with 12 schools in order to have them ready in time for a possible Monday re-opening.  A final assessment will be carried out on Sunday, October 19.

·      It has been decided that schools will remain closed until Monday, October 20.  This would allow adequate time for cleanup activities and repairs to take place.

·      The Ministry of Education will meet with school management/boards on Friday, October 17 to assess the overall progress being made in connection with the cleanup/repairs of schools. 

FRONT & BACK STREET UPDATE/BEACH PROMENADE/GREAT BAY BEACH:

·      Front Street: Ministry VROMI announces that the cleaning of Front Street has been completed;

·      Back Street: Clean up operations will continue on Back Street on Thursday and should be completed on Thursday;

·      Clean up of the Beach Promenade and Great Bay Beach will start on Thursday and all efforts will be made to have it completed by Friday at the end of the day;

 

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES:

·      Registration for Assessment of damage due to Hurricane Gonzalo will continue at the Department of Social Services (Pondfill) until Wednesday, October 22.  Office hours are from 8.00AM to 3.30PM.  Priority is for senior citizens, disabled/handicapped.

·      There is an urgent need for donations of tarpaulins, home repair tools and wood.  Donations should be made to the St. Maarten Red Cross!

 

NATIONAL CLEAN UP CONTINUES:

  SPECIAL NOTICE: Police will be shutting down certain streets in collaboration with Ministry VROMI in order to facilitate the clean up efforts currently taking place.  Clean up crews have experienced aggressive behavior from motorists and this is totally unacceptable.  Vehicles should also not be parked in a certain manner that obstructs clean up efforts.  Police will be present to have these vehicles removed whenever necessary. The removal of “closed road street barriers” by individuals is punishable by law and this measure will be enforced should the person(s) be caught in the act.

  Landfill is open: persons taking debris to the landfill need to be patient and wait their turn to enter the area;

  Clean up continues under the Ministry VROMI and private contractors;

  Large Green Waste Bins: have been placed at various locations along the main roads to collect hurricane related debris; these will also be placed along secondary roads as well;

  Homeowners and businesses busy with cleanup, do not dump bush or tree trimmings or other garbage/debris on top of GEBE water meters or electrical meters; this is to prevent damage to the aforementioned and outage of service to consumers;

 

 


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- St.Maarten News
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:14:11 -0700
Updates from St.Maarten/St.Martin in the local Daily Herald newspaper:
     http://thedailyherald.com/

--
Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com

- SxmDCOMM UPDATE - 3rd POST HURRICANE GONZALO NATIONAL CLEAN UP AND RECOVERY
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:13:18 -0400


3rd POST HURRICANE GONZALO NATIONAL CLEAN UP AND RECOVERY

On Wednesday COPI (operational disaster management group) met to assess the current recovery phase of the country.  Additional information will be provided later in the day Wednesday or early evening as the national cleanup effort continues and additional updates come in from the various Emergency Support Functions that are leading the national clean up and recovery effort.

INTRODUCTION:

This is the third update in connection with the post-Hurricane Gonzalo recovery phase.  COPI continues to receive on-going assessment reports as recovery and cleanup efforts continue:

ELECTRICITY/WATER SUPPLY:

·      GEBE continues to work to repair the national grid where current outages exist. The utility company is first addressing any potential dangers that may exist. There are several crews from GEBE that are working on addressing the situation with downed poles.

 

·      Water: there are some challenges with respect to water resumption in the areas of South Reward (hill side area), Mary’s Fancy and Belvedere. The resumption of water services is taking place in a cautious manner in order to avoid water leakage into the system.  An alternative temporary water supply source is also being worked on for those areas mentioned above that doesn’t have piped water.  

SCHOOLS:

·      It has been decided that schools will remain closed until Monday, October 20.  This would allow adequate time for cleanup activities and repairs to take place.

·      The Ministry of Education will meet with school management/boards on Friday, October 17 to assess the overall progress being made in connection with the cleanup/repairs of schools in order to determine when schools can re-open.  A further update will be provided based on the outcome of this meeting on Friday as all schools and the public works department will work closely in the interest of a safe school environment for the students.

PORT OPERATIONS:

·      Cargo: the cargo port operations are up and running;

·      Cruise: preparations are well underway to make the cruise facilities ready, and additional information will be forthcoming with respect to this;

 

NATIONAL CLEAN CONTINUES:

  Landfill is open: persons taking debris to the landfill need to be patient and wait their turn to enter the area;

  Clean up continues under the Ministry VROMI and private contractors;

  Large Green Waste Bins: have been placed at various locations along the main roads to collect hurricane related debris; these will also be placed along secondary roads as well;

  Homeowners and businesses busy with cleanup, do not dump bush or tree trimmings or other garbage/debris on top of GEBE water meters or electrical meters; this is to prevent damage to the aforementioned and outage of service to consumers;

  Mudslides/Rock falls: residents in hilly areas should be mindful of the aforementioned;

  Retaining Walls: if a retaining wall has given away at your home, do not remove it at this point in time; let the ground dry out; removing it now would create further slippage of earth;


Best regards,

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- SXM Dutch Side Report
  • From: Alex - SXM <sxmwx at miwww.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:20:57 -0400
Lots of people, specially on the boats in the lagoon, got complacent as they only expected it to be a tropical storm that would pass 70 miles to the south and we would hardly only experience 45-50knot winds at most, but this one got nasty very fast. At around 5pm we started getting strong occasional gusts of wind beating the palms and vegetation, very little rain, but it really started to get bad around 6-6:30pm. This thing went from TS to Hurricane cat2 in just a few hours and grew into hurricane status practically at our doorstep and head on. Around 7-7:30pm during the peak of the storm there where very strong continued gusts with lots of rain and lightning. By 8:30pm the effects started to subside in my area.

Fortunately here at pelican key we never lost electricity (only had a couple of flickers), water or Internet throughout the storm, although one of the nearby resorts was running their generators, still on late afternoon Tuesday. Even cable-tv stayed on for most of the storm so all in all we got very lucky that all utilities stayed online (except one of the wireless Internet providers that went down at around 6pm). Its been said that water distribution mains where somehow damaged during the storm, but are being repaired, so many areas reported without water service, at least up until Tuesday afternoon.

Inland it seems many people also lost power and unfortunately as of Tuesday evening still in the dark. Some houses in those areas also reported to have lost roofs. In Simpson Bay area many signs and trees also down, some wooden docks swept away and or destroyed. A few power boats blown off their lifts. At Pelican only a few old trees down and mostly loose branches on the roads, but no roofs lost, and very minor damage, as in general houses here stood up very well even though at some point we where facing right into the strong wind when it was coming in from the south. Princess Juliana airport was open Tuesday morning but only small Winair and Liat planes where taking off, no big ones where coming in probably until they could asses the situation to be safe. But in the afternoon its was again business as usual with big planes landing and taking off normally.

People on boats in the lagoon hit very hard, again many because of lack of preparation, some reported gusts reached at least 90-100Mih and possibly 120Mih at some point. Many boats, estimated at least 50-60, damaged, sank or shored up in lagoon, a lot of those on the french side. Boats at St Barts (Gustavia) got also hit very hard too as that harbor offered practically no protection in this case, so in view of the approaching storm quite a few boats made a mad dash from Gustavia over here to get into the lagoon, but apparently some got caught midway in the open sea. So far in the lagoon only one casualty reported, an older gentlemen on his boat that was unable to make it out when the storm was sinking it. Even though he was docked right next to St Maarten Boat yard where the floating restaurant is, next to airport runway. He was not very mobile and walked with a cane. People commented that Monday afternoon some people tried to convince him to leave the boat but he insisted on weathering the storm in it, saying something like "I've done it before, how bad can this one get". I was told he was declared missing Tuesday and where looking for divers to try to locate him, but then sadly his lifeless body was quickly spotted in shallow water around the nearby restaurant.

One unattended sailing boat that was in the french side in Marigot harbor was blown all the way over to the dingy dock at Lagoon marina, close to Budget marine, all the way over to the Dutch side. In the process it lost its mast while passing blind under the causeway bridge, and at least there at the marina where it ended up caused direct or indirect damage to 3 boats, and indirectly caused the sinking of another smaller sailing boat right next to the dock when yet another sailing boat was pushed on top of it. A few people commented on seeing the boat drift aimlessly during the storm and wondering what the intentions where, but of course nobody was on board. And it didn't help that this boat is made of steel, so it was like a blind missile hitting everything in its path. Among other things it tore a clean 3 feet diameter hole on the fiberglass side of a catamaran that was at FKG dock awaiting some work done, but fortunately it happened above the water line so it is still afloat.

Looking at the charts, there is already another Invest that needs to be watched, but so far they are only giving it 10% chance of developing. Gonzalo was also only 10% early last week. So just in case keep your attention on it.

Alex  at  Pelican Key


- update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:54:06 -0400
One man lost his life while on his boat in Simpson Bay Lagoon.. very sad..
40 boats sunk  during storm.
I also heard several people missing at sea between French SXM and St Barth’s. I am trying to confirm that story now.
for those of you who read French, that story is from this source:
 

- Fwd: SxmDCOMM - EOC UPDATE/ASSESSMENT Current State of Affairs Post Hurricane Gonzalo;
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:59:17 -0400

POST HURRICANE GONZALO ASSESSMENT & CLEAN-UP

On Tuesday morning the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) met to assess the situation in the country.  The following information is available; additional information will be provided later today after a follow-up meeting related to a number of issues:

INTRODUCTION:

The Emergency services as well as technical crews from the utility companies have been working during the passing and after the passing of the hurricane; and since sunrise to deal with the aftermath of the passing of Hurricane Gonzalo.  Their efforts continue unabated throughout Tuesday and into the night and for the coming days.

This is the first update with respect to reports coming in from assessment teams:

NATIONAL CLEAN:

  • Clean-up is well under way by the Ministry VROMI and private contractors who are assisting with the national clean-up.  Primary focus is Front Street, Back Street and the main roads.  Secondary roads will follow.

  • Primary roads should be clear within another 24 hours; secondary roads, complete clean-up could take up to 14 days.

  • Motorists/sightseers should stay off the roads to allow clean-up crews to move around quickly in clearing debris and other obstructions; this would also allow various crews from utility services to restore electricity/telecoms;

  • Police and the Military will be assisting Ministry VROMI clean-up and certain streets and roads will be closed temporarily to facilitate quick clean-up;

  • Large Green Waste Bins: have been placed at various locations along the main roads to collect hurricane related debris; these will also be placed along secondary roads as well;

  • Downed trees are being removed in order to facilitate clean-up operations;

  • Homeowners and businesses busy with clean-up, do not dump  bush or tree trimmings or other garbage/debris on top of GEBE water meters or electrical meters; this is to prevent damage to the aforementioned and outage of service to consumers;

  • Mudslides/Rock falls: residents in hilly areas should be mindful of the aforementioned;

  • Retaining Walls: if a retaining wall has given away at your home, do not remove it at this point in time; let the ground dry out; removing it now would create further slippage of earth;

PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES:

  • Homes/residents as well as businesses, having issues with sewage water should use disinfectant (Clorox) to clean with; remember to wash your hands frequently; keep young children away from where the cleaning is taking place; if you don’t have water, you can still throw the disinfectant on the area that needs to be cleaned and sweep/mop it away; clean hands properly and avoid touching your mouth with dirty hands;

  • Persons should not fish in the ponds; persons should not eat any fish from the ponds because they are contaminated with runoff water; consuming the fish is bad for your health!

  • Residents/Businesses: should check their yards and clean spouts, drains etc; remove containers that could become a mosquito breeding ground; prevent mosquito breeding;   

FIRE DEPARTMENT/POLICE:

  • Fire department continues to carry out assessments; additional fire officers have been mobilized; a review of critical infrastructure is a priority; during the passing the department responded to several emergencies and continues to deal with any eventualities;

  • Police and Marines are working together assisting other government services where it concerns facilitating debris removal eg. Temporary Road closure or traffic diversion; and also fulfilling their national responsibilities;

SCHOOLS:

  • Schools: damage assessment is being carried out and additional information will be forthcoming as to the status of school buildings.

PORTS (Airport and Port):

  • The national Airport is open;

  • Port St. Maarten is busy with clean-up operations; divers have to go into the water to assess the situation to see if there are any undersea obstructions that could inhibit the safe docking of vessels; the port will resume operations as soon as the all clear sign has been given;

WATER:

  • Three main water lines are down as reported in the meeting of Tuesday morning: Cay Hill; Middle Region and Point Blanche; NV GEBE is busy working diligently to repair the damage suffered to the aforementioned;

TELECOMMUNICATIONS:

  • Technicians from telecom providers are working diligently to restore service: telephone, cell and internet. 

POND--LANDFILL:

  • Ministry VROMI continues to lower water levels in the Great Salt Pond; this operation is an ongoing 24 hours until water levels are at a normal level;

  • Fresh Water Pond levels are at a safe level;

  • The Pond Island Landfill is open and in full operation accommodating the delivery of hurricane related debris from clean-up crews;

HOTELS:

  • One hotel received partial damage to its 7th floor; other damages to properties are cosmetic and to foliage/greenery-trees/plants.


PHOTO: EOC Meeting at the Fire Department, Cay Hill on Tuesday morning. DCOMM Photo

Best regards,

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- SXM Update
  • From: Barbara Beaumont <bmyacht1 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:45:24 -0700
Hi Gert

Below I have pasted all I know. I have a house at Monte Vista, Pointe Blanche in St Maarten so I was checking on my house and my tenants so what I have written below is all I know. The bottom paste is from SXM Boaters. I have emailed several other people but have had no reply. I suspect you are not on island either. 

Take care
Barbara Beaumont  


Well Last night Hurricane Gonzalo category 2 past over St Maarten. It was a tropical depression several hours before, a hurricane warning closed all businesses on the island. It passed over Monte Vista and took a huge chunk out of Sangs roof (the biggest house in the complex) and did considerable damage to Randy's house No 114. My house was thankfully spared any damage. Pat next door had some leakage. A lot of trees down. The internet went down too. The main road out of Monte Vista is blocked by a huge live cable so no one can get past until Gebe come and fix it. Even though I was aware of the storm the speed with which it developed was frightening. I spoke to Pat and Manuel just now to find out if everything was OK. Thank goodness

Apparently a lot of flares were fired off in Simpson Bay during and after hurricane Gonzalo went through but no news yet of what damage was or if any people were injured down there Hope they are OK


Lots of boats need help!
We won't be able to see much till tomorrow. My dinghy flipped so I have to do the engine before I ca help. We need people to scout all the boats in the water and washed up to see who needs help and who is OK. Need to do that asap in the morning!


- clean up day on St Maarten!
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:32:59 -0400
St. Maarten is a mess! Gonzalo was a nasty storm. We definitely got CAT 2 winds where we live. There are large trees down all over the island.
Some property damage. Some flooding.
Everything is a mess but everyone survived.
Today is clean up day!
Here are some pictures of our garden and our boat.
Be safe out there!
 
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- Current condition + SSB Nets
  • From: Alex - SXM <sxmwx at miwww.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:48:33 -0400
Right now experiencing very strong gusts with lots of rain. Electricity is so far holding in my area, although we had a couple of flickers, not sure other parts of the island. Switched to backup DSL modem for internet, lost conectivity to main wireless provider. Storm shutters so far holding ok, but someone seems to be banging on the outside to get in. About 3 hours and change to go for closest approach point, the eye apparently will pass within 9 miles south of us.

If anyone looses its Internet connection and/or electricity, and has access to a SSB capable shortwave receiver, you can still listen in to the National Hurricane Center advisories. If you are a Ham radio operator you can also check in with them.

The Maritime Mobile Service Net: is operational every day from 12:00pm until 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time, and from 12:00pm until 10:00pm Eastern Daylight Time, on the 20 meter *Global Emergency Center Of Activity frequency of 14.300 MHz USB.
http://www.mmsn.org/

Friendly 7.188 Net: daily net operations at 7.188MHz LSB (40m band) are between the hours of 6:00 to 8:00 a.m Eastern Caribbean time / 1000 to 1200 UTC.
http://www.friendly7188net.net

List of other Caribbean Nets:
http://www.friendly7188net.net/admin/carib_nets.php

Alex  at  Pelican Key


- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:28:22 -0400
St Maarten continues to get hit hard by Hurric ane Gonzalo.
This is  a short video of friends trying to tie down our boat in the Simpson Bay lagoon.
The lagoon is where boats go for safety but look at those waves.
 

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:47:27 -0400
Hurricane Gonzalo right over us.
Heavy heavy rain and strong strong wind.
 

- SxmDCOMM - HURRICANE ADVISORY UPDATE - ODM: Country under a Hurricane Warning; Gonzalo Now a Category 1 Hurricane and continues to strengthen; Schools to remain closed Tuesday;
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:36:43 -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: Monday, October 13, 2014/N174-5.30PM

 

ODM: Country under a Hurricane Warning; Gonzalo Now a Category 1 Hurricane and continues to strengthen; Schools to remain closed Tuesday;

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) officially announces that Gonzalo is now a category 1 Hurricane located at 5.00PM 20 miles south east of Sint Maarten. 

 

Residents should remain indoors until the hurricane clears the island.

 

The country is under a Hurricane Warning.  Weather conditions have deteriorated. Hurricane conditions will continue to spread through the area tonight.

 

Schools are to remain closed on Tuesday.  Ministry VROMI/Public Works after carrying out an assessment when weather conditions subside will then plan clean-up operations to clear any debris on the public road network.

 

Business owners/operators should use their discretion on Tuesday morning after assessing their business whether staff should report to work.  Government employees are expected to report to work on Tuesday.

 

Hurricane Gonzalo at 5.00PM has 75 mile per hour winds with higher gusts, and further strengthening is forecasted during the next 48 hours.  Gonzalo could become a major hurricane by Wednesday when it is located over the open Atlantic Ocean and is no longer a threat to the country.

 

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 10 miles per hour; and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center.

 

For weather updates visit the site of MDS at: www.meteosxm.com

 

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of the storm.  Additional updates will be provided. 

 

# # #

 

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 - STORM ADVISORY - ODM: Country under a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning; TS Gonzalo continues to Strengthen; Drivers urged to get home and stay off road network
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:30:47 -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: Monday, October 13, 2014/N173-3.25PM

 

ODM: Country under a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning; TS Gonzalo continues to Strengthen; Drivers urged to get home and stay off road network

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) officially announces that motorists currently on the road should get home as soon as possible driving in a safe responsible manner.

 

The country remains under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning.  A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are expected in the warning area within 24 hours.

 

Weather conditions have deteriorated and could get worse as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches our area. Residents are advised to remain indoors.

 

There is no curfew in affect, and hurricane shelters will not be activated under a tropical storm or a category 1 hurricane. 

 

Tropical Storm Gonzalo at 2.00PM was located 65 miles south east of Sint Maarten.  The storm has also strengthened with 70 mile per hour winds and higher gusts, and further strengthening is forecasted during the next 48 hours, and could become a hurricane Monday night.

 

Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS) says forecasted rainfall is between four to eight inches with isolate maximum totals of 12 inches.

 

A heavy rainfall advisory and a flood warning are in effect for the country as well as a rough sea advisory.

 

Under a Tropical Storm Warning; the warning means that there could be sustained wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour within 24 to 36 hours or less. 

 

For weather updates visit the site of MDS at: www.meteosxm.com

 

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of the storm.  Additional updates will be provided. 

 

# # #

 

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- Outer bands arrived
  • From: Alex - SXM <sxmwx at miwww.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:18:56 -0400
We are starting to experience the effects of the storm's outer rainbands arriving on the island. Rain and some strong wind gusts, but right now only light rain and moderate wind. Windguru site currently is predicting that stronger winds (35Kts/40Mih with gusts of 45Kts/51Mih will start to hit us after 8PM AST tonight.

http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=51227


Alex  at  Pelican Key


- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:52:58 -0400
Very heavy wind on St Maarten as Gonzalo comes closer. It is definitely strengthening. The wind is very strong but there is not a lot of rain so far.
St Maarten is under a hurricane warning now.
 
 

- Fwd: SxmDCOMM - STORM ADVISORY - Country under a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning; TS Gonzalo continues to Strengthen; Residents urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:23:39 -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: Monday, October 13, 2014/N172-11.20AM

 

ODM: Country under a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning; TS Gonzalo continues to Strengthen; Residents urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) officially announces that the country is under a Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning.

 

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area in this case within 24 hours.

 

Weather conditions are forecasted to further deteriorate this afternoon as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches our area. Residents should rush to protect property.

 

Motorists are advised to avoid using the public road network as of 4.00PM Monday.  This is for your own safety; this is not a curfew but a safety advisory.

 

Tropical Storm Gonzalo at 11.00AM was located 10 miles north west of Antigua.  The storm has also strengthened with 65 mile per hour winds and higher gusts, and further strengthening is forecasted during the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane Monday night.

 

Tropical storm conditions are expected according to the MDS to reach Leeward Islands/Sint Maarten Monday afternoon and evening; expected rainfall between four to eight inches with isolate maximum totals of 12 inches.

 

A heavy rainfall advisory and a flood warning are in effect for the country as well as a rough sea advisory.

 

Under a Tropical Storm Warning; the warning means that there could be sustained wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour within 24 to 36 hours or less.  Any preparedness measures should be completed as soon as possible under such a warning.

 

Contractors should have secured construction and building sites.

 

For weather updates visit the site of MDS at: www.meteosxm.com

 

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of the storm.  Additional updates will be provided. 

 

# # #

 

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

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- wind is picking up!
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:07:46 -0400

- SxmDCOMM - STORM ADVISORY - ODM: TS Gonzalo Strengthens Further; Businesses advised to close at 12.00PM; Residents urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall; Country under a Tropical Storm Warning
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:31:07 -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: Monday, October 13, 2014/N171-9.20AM

 

ODM: TS Gonzalo Strengthens Further; Businesses advised to close at 12.00PM; Residents urged to complete storm preparations before nightfall; Country under a Tropical Storm Warning

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) advises businesses to close their operations at 12.00PM today Monday and allow their employees to go home in order to complete storm preparations. 

 

Businesses should also use the opportunity to secure their premises.  Anything that could blow away should be secured eg. yard furniture, plastic containers, garbage bins should be brought indoors etc.

 

Weather conditions are forecasted to further deteriorate this afternoon as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches our area.

 

Motorists are advised to avoid using the public road network as of 4.00PM Monday.  This is for your own safety.

 

Tropical Storm Gonzalo at 5.00AM was located 165 miles south east of Sint Maarten.  The storm has also strengthened with 60 mile per hour winds and higher gusts, and further strengthening is forecasted during the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane Tuesday morning.

 

The country is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Gonzalo has started to move through the Leeward Islands Monday morning and is in the vicinity of Antigua & Barbuda.

 

Tropical storm conditions are expected according to the MDS to reach Leeward Islands/Sint Maarten late Monday afternoon and evening; expected rainfall between four to eight inches with isolate maximum totals of 12 inches.

 

A heavy rainfall advisory and a flood warning are in effect for the country as well as a rough sea advisory.

 

Under a Tropical Storm Warning; the warning means that there could be sustained wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour within 24 to 36 hours or less.  Any preparedness measures should be completed as soon as possible under such a warning.

 

Contractors should secure construction and building sites.

 

For weather updates visit the site of MDS at: www.meteosxm.com

 

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of the storm.  Additional updates will be provided. 

 

# # #

 

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

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- Some gusty wind, only little rain
  • From: Alex - SXM <sxmwx at miwww.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:26:34 -0400
Gusty intermittent occasional winds since early last night, but mostly calm, so far. At around 12:30am AST (last night) there was a bit of rain for 10 minutes. Present cloud cover is about 75%, and seas still look relatively calm from my vantage point. Guess that is what the saying "calm before the storm" means.

Position predictions of Gonzalo seem to have changed slightly, as of yesterday the center was forecast to pass St Maarten about 69 miles to the south. Now it is forecast to pass within mere 13.4 miles in about 14 hours (Monday, October 13 at 10PM AST). This information was derived from the "How close can it get?" Gonzalo tool on this website. The forecast also call for some strengthening, so it is extremely important for all preparations to have been completed before the weather deteriorates.

Alex at Pelican Key

PS. Just after taking the attached picture, there where a few stronger gusts, and it started raining.

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- SxmDCOMM - ODM: TS Gonzalo Strengthens; Schools closed on Monday; Residents urged to complete storm preparations by early tonight; Country under a Tropical Storm Warning
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:59:58 -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, October 12, 2014/N169-6.45PM

 

ODM: TS Gonzalo Strengthens; Schools closed on Monday; Residents urged to complete storm preparations by early tonight; Country under a Tropical Storm Warning

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) advises residents to complete securing loose obstacles outside in the yard by early this evening eg. plastic containers, garbage bins etc.

 

All schools are to remain closed on Monday due to the passing of Tropical Storm Gonzalo.  This is a precautionary measure in the interests of the safety of school children, teachers, school bus drivers and parents.  School management and teachers are urged to report to their respective schools to ensure that measures are taken to prevent any possible damage due to possible flooding.

 

Businesses can operate as normal, but should monitor weather forecasts as well as information coming from ODM on Monday morning as well as the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten.

 

Government services will continue as normal on Monday as well.

 

Tropical Storm Gonzalo at 5.00PM was located 258 miles east south east of Sint Maarten.  The storm has also strengthened and further strengthening is forecasted during the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane Tuesday morning.

 

The country is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Gonzalo is expected to move through the Leeward Islands by early Monday morning.

 

Tropical storm conditions are expected according to the MDS to reach Leeward Islands/Sint Maarten on Monday morning; expected rainfall between four to eight inches with isolate maximum totals of 12 inches.

 

Sea swells generated by the storm will start to affect the islands Sunday night and Monday morning and are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

 

Under a Tropical Storm Warning; the warning means that there could be sustained wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour within 24 to 36 hours or less.  Any preparedness measures should be completed as soon as possible under such a warning.

 

Contractors should secure construction and building sites.

 

For weather updates visit the site of MDS at: www.meteosxm.com

 

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of the storm.  Additional updates will be provided. 

 

# # #

 

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

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- Fwd: SxmDCOMM - ODM: Country under a Tropical Storm Warning. TS Gonzalo expected to pass through Leeward Islands by Monday morning
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:32:42 -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, October 12, 2014/N168-2.30PM

 

ODM: Country under a Tropical Storm Warning. TS Gonzalo expected to pass through Leeward Islands by Monday morning

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) hereby informs the Sint Maarten community that the country is now under a Tropical Storm Warning as the system east of the islands has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gonzalo.

 

Under a Tropical Storm Warning; the warning means that there could be sustained wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour within 24 to 36 hours or less.  Any preparedness measures should be completed as soon as possible under such a warning.

 

Residents should use Sunday daylight hours to secure anything in their yard that could blow away eg. Plastic containers, garbage bins etc.

 

Contractors should secure construction and building sites.

 

At 2.00pm on Sunday TS Gonzalo was located 200 miles east of Guadeloupe.  According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Gonzalo is forecast to pass through the Leeward Islands by Monday morning.

 

The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS) will be sending out a special weather bulletin with respect to localized weather conditions from the passing of TS Gonzalo.  For weather updates, visit the MDS website: www.meteosxm.com

 

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of the storm.  Additional updates will be provided. 

 

# # #

 

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

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- Fwd: SxmDCOMM - ODM Calls on Public to Monitor Weather System to the East. Possible Tropical Storm in the making
  • From: Roddy Heyliger <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:48:00 -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, October 12, 2014/N167-12.45PM

 

ODM Calls on Public to Monitor Weather System to the East.  Possible Tropical Storm in the making

 

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Department of Disaster Management (ODM) is closely monitoring the progress of a Low Pressure system which is located less than 300 miles east of the Leeward Islands.

 

This system has the potential to develop into a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm within the next few hours.  The National Hurricane Center (NHC) will be sending a Hurricane Hunter plane to investigate the system this afternoon.

 

ODM will continue to monitor the progress of this system as it approaches the islands.  An additional update will be provided later this afternoon. 

 

If a Tropical Storm Warning is issued for Sint Maarten later this afternoon; the warning means that there could be sustained wind speeds of between 39 and 73 miles per hour within 36 hours or less.  Any preparedness measures should be completed as soon as possible under such a warning.

 

# # #

 

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- Hot weather, occasional rain, recent nearby storm
  • From: Alex - SXM <sxmwx at miwww.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:05:52 -0400
Its been a very hot couple of weeks, with occasional rains, mostly in the mornings, and in general very little or no breeze at all. That changed Monday 2am with quite a show of lightning and rumblings as viewed towards the south from my location at Pelican Key hill, with moderate rain and winds from the storm passing the island. I was told that at the time there where heavy winds on the east side of the island (hills at Dawn beach area) and at times the trees there where bending quite a bit in the wind.

Again around 2am tonight some moderate rain but with no wind, and as always the tree frogs seemed to enjoy the watering quite a bit as they got very vocal afterwards. Fortunately so far its been a rather quiet "H" season (knock-knock on head), although we still have a couple of weeks to go, so be sure to check daily your preferred on-line WX information each morning before leaving the house (have included my favorite links bellow). Lets hope it stays quiet, and the tradewinds will return soon to ease this baking summer heat.

Every season I always leave open the first four tabs in Firefox with the WX links bellow, and I lock the tabs to prevent me from accidentally closing them. I also set them to reload every 30 minutes (or shorter intervals if there is any important developing near by activity) to keep the content up to date (although some sites do refresh the page automatically). My favorite seasonal "bread-n-butter" links are:

Tropical Prediction Center (Atlantic Basin):
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?atlc

Tropical Atlantic AVN Color IR Loop:
http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/tatl/flash-avn.html

CaribStorm:
http://stormcarib.com/

WindGuru Sint Maarten:
http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=51227&sty=m_spot


Until next time,
Alex  at  Pelican Key


- 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.

 

# # #

 

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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.

# # #

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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.’

 

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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.

 

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

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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)

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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.

 

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

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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.

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