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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)

Department of Communication (DCOMM), Sint Maarten

 

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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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