HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE!!! PLAN AND TAKE ACTION – PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY AUGUST 16TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A weak tropical wave will move across the area today into tonight and heighten the chances for shower activity over and around the islands during that time.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny skies, with periods of increased cloudiness and a 50 percent or moderate chance for brief passing showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy skies with a 50 percent or moderate chance for more passing showers.

WINDS: East at 15 to 30 km/h or 8 to 16 knots with lighter spells overnight..

SEAS: Moderate with significant wave heights not exceeding 1.5 metres or 5 feet..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:34 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:54 am.

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TROPICAL DISTURBANCE HAS DISSIPATED

The tropical disturbance that was located about midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles has dissipated.

The one over the subtropics remains, but is of no threat to Montserrat and the rest of the islands.

Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates.

SOURCE: Antigua Meteorological Services and NOAA, National Hurricane Center

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 3RD TO AUGUST 10TH, 2018

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded two volcano-tectonic earthquakes this week.

Measurements of the SO2 flux were made from the helicopter on 8 August. Eight traverses were carried out, with an average flux of 112 tonnes per day.

Pyroclastic flows can occur at any time without warning on any side of the volcano, including Gages from where they can travel rapidly into Plymouth. Tracks across the Belham Valley can be destroyed or heavily modified by flash flooding or lahars, and caution should be exercised crossing the valley during and after rainfall.

The Hazard Level is 1. There is no public access to Zone V, including Plymouth. Maritime Zones E and W are daytime transit only between sunrise and sunset (boats may sail through the zone but must not stop). Anyone who ignores these restrictions is liable to be prosecuted.

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A stable atmosphere lacking in moisture will continue to sit across the area during the next 24 hours and keep shower activity to a minimum.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny and hazy conditions with a 20 percent or slight chance of a brief shower.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy skies in general with a 40 percent or moderate chance of an overnight passing shower.

WINDS: East at 15 to 30 km/h or 8 to 16 knots with lighter spells overnight..

SEAS: Moderate, with significant wave heights 1.2 to 1.8 metres or 4 to 6 feet..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:36 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:53 am.

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HERE’S THE LOCAL MARINE WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT FROM MONDAY JULY 13TH, 2018 TO SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH, 2018

Monday August 13th, 2018
Seas.. are 3′ to 4 3 to 4 feet high.
Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 E @12 MPH.
Skies.. Sunny ..

Tuesday August 14th, 2018
Seas.. are 3′ 3 to 4 feet high.
Winds.. are North-easterly @ 12 to 16 E @ 8 to 12 MPH.
Skies.. Sunny.

Wednesday August 15th, 2018
Seas.. are 3′ 2 to 3 feet high.
Winds.. are North-easterly @ 12 E @ 8 MPH.
Skies.. Sunny, with overnight showers .

Thursday August 16th, 2018
Seas.. are 2 to 3 ‘ 3 feet high.
Winds.. are Easterly @ 8 to 12 E @ 12 MPH.
Skies.. SUNNY, with some PM. showers.

Friday August 17th, 2018
Seas.. are 3 to 4 ‘ 3 to 4 feet high.
Winds.. are North-easterly @ 12 E @ 12 MPH.
Skies.. Cloudy with PM. rain .

Saturday August 18th, 2018
Seas.. are 4 to 5 4 to 5 feet high.
Winds.. are Easterly @ 16 E @12 MPH.
Skies.. Sunny.

Sunday August 19th, 2018
Seas.. are 3 to 4’ 3 to 4 feet high.
Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 E @12 to 16 MPH.
Skies.. Partly Sunny, with overnight rains.

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NOAA FORECASTS BELOW-NORMAL ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON; HOWEVER, THE DMCA IS URING RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED, AS IT ONLY TAKES ONE STORM MAKING LANDFALL TO CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND INJURIES

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said Thursday that the 2018 hurricane season is shaping up to be “below-normal.

Experts are now expecting fewer hurricanes than they predicted in late May.

Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there are still more storms to come — the hurricane season is far from being over.

The experts are predicting nine (9) to thirteen (13) named storms including four to seven hurricanes and zero to two major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher — are predicted this season, which began June 1 and runs through November 30, the federal agency predicted.

The forecast number includes the four named storms that already have formed this year.

An average six-month Atlantic season typically produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes. including three major hurricanes.

NOAA added Thursday that there is a 60% chance that the 2018 season will see a below-normal number of storms in the Atlantic basin. That’s up from 25% in the original forecast in May, when it looked like the basin would experience an average to above-average season.

The likelihood of a near-normal season is now 30%, and the chance of an above-normal season has dropped from 35% to 10%.

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DMCA IS CLOSELY MONITORING AN AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER LOCATED MIDWAY BETWEEN AFRICA AND THE LESSER ANTILLES

1. An area of disturbed weather is located about midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles. Environmental conditions are expected to become conducive for some gradual development while the system moves slowly west over the next few days. By the middle of next week, stronger upper-level winds could limit the chance for further development.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent.

Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates.

SOURCE: Forecaster Zelinsky at the National Hurricane Center

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HERE TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY AUGUST 10TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A dry, stable and hazy atmosphere will persist across the area during the next 24 hours.

WEATHER TODAY: Mostly sunny and hazy.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Mostly fair skies.

WINDS: East- southeast at 15 to 26km/h or 8 to 14 knots with lighter spells overnight..

SEAS: Moderate with significant wave heights not exceeding 1.2 metres or 4 feet..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:38 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:52 am.

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SUB TROPICAL STORM DEBBY OVER THE FAR NORTH ATLANTIC IS NOT AND WILL NEVER BE A THREAT TO THE CARIBBEAN

According to the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services, the tropical disturbance over the subtropical North Atlantic has formed into Subtropical Storm Debby; it is not and will never be a threat to the Caribbean.

Debbie is the 3rd named sub tropical for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the other two were Alberto and Beryl. The most Atlantic named storms to be classified as subtropical storms in a season is 5 in 1969.

Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates.

SOURCE: Antigua Meteorological Services, National Hurricane Center and Philip Klotzbach

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HERE TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A dominant surface high pressure system coupled with a dry and dusty air mass is expected to keep the lower atmosphere relatively stable.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny and hazy.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy and hazy with a 20 percent or slight chance showers.

WINDS: East at 15 to 22 km/h or 8 to 12 knots.

SEAS: Slight to moderate with significant wave heights not exceeding 1.2 metres or 4 feet .

SUNSET TODAY: 6:38 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:52 am.

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