TWO OF DMCA’S RADIO PRIZE WINNERS TO MARK INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 13TH, 2017

Teacher Jamilia Greenaway and Computer Technician/Engineer Cadett Morris both collected their prizes during DMCA’s Disaster Risk Reduction Expo on Friday October 13th, 2017.

Director of the DMCA (Acting) Carlisle Williams and DMCA’s Senior Disaster Management Coordinator Astrid Wade presented the gifts to the winners.

Congratulations to the winners!!!

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 6TH TO 13TH, 2017

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded one volcano-tectonic earthquake this week.

No measurements of the SO2 flux have been made since 14 September.

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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HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM TOMORROW WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18TH, 2017

SYNOPSIS: Moisture and instability associated with a weak tropical wave coupled with brisk south easterly wind flow will maintain unsettled weather conditions over and around the islands today and tonight.

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy skies today and tonight with periods of widely scattered showers and a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm developing.

WINDS: SE at 26-41km/h or 14-22kts with higher gusts during showers and over open waters..

SEAS: Moderate to rough, swells 1.8-2.4m or 6-8ft. Warnings remain in place for small craft operators and sea bathers against rough sea conditions..

ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE: Well above normal. Continue reading

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW SATURDAY OCTOBER 7TH, 2017

SYNOPSIS: Low levels of moisture and instablility will restrict shower activity across the island

WEATHER:

TODAY: Partly cloudy with a 30% or low chance of showers

TONIGHT: Fair with a 20% or slight chance of showers

WINDS: ESE-E at 15-19km/h or 8-10kt over land; and up to 22km/h or12kt over open waters.

SEAS: Slight to moderate, waves/swells 1.2-1.8m or 4-6ft. Cautions remain in place for small craft operators and sea bathers especially for the coastal waters north and northeast of the islands.. Continue reading

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW FRIDAY OCTOBER 6TH, 2017

SYNOPSIS: Lingering moisture and instability in the wake of a weak tropical wave coupled with light south easterly winds and daytime heating could trigger some localized shower activity across the islands today, gradually becoming drier and more stable by tonight.

WEATHER: Partly sunny skies today with locally cloudy spells and a good chance for some localized showers during the mid morning to afternoon hours, becoming fair to partly cloudy in general tonight with some brief passing late night showers.

SPECIAL WARNING: Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution..

WINDS: SE-ESE at 11-22km/h or 6-12kts becoming lighter and variable at times..

SEAS: Moderate to locally rough, swells 1.5-2.1m or 5-7ft. Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution.. Continue reading

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM TOMORROW THURSDAY OCTOBER 5TH, 2017

SYNOPSIS: THE PASSAGE OF A TROPICAL WAVE WILL PRODUCE CLOUDY SKIES WITH SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE FEW ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE AREA..

WEATHER: TODAY: CLOUDY SPELL WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. TONIGHT: CLOUDY SPELLS WITH A CHANCE FEW SHOWERS.

WINDS: E 8 -15KTS OR 15 TO 28 KM/H.

SEAS: MODERATE WAVES 1.5 TO 1.8M OR 5 TO 6 FT..

ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE: NORMAL.

SUNSET TODAY: 5:56 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:01 am. Continue reading

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SOME GOOD NEWS FOR MONTSERRAT AND THE REST OF THE CARIBBEAN – THERE’S NO TROPICAL ACTIVITY IN THE ATLANTIC FOR THIS REGION

Now let’s just keep our fingers crossed no more hurricanes coming our way for the rest of the Hurricane Season which ends on November 30th…

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY(MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 22ND TO 29TH, 2017

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded no volcanic earthquakes this week.

No measurements of the SO2 flux have been made since 14 September.

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 FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM TOMORROW TUESDAY OCTOBER 3RD, 2017

SYNOPSIS: The air mass across the region is relatively dry and stable

WEATHER: Skies today and tonight will be partly cloudy with a low chance of showers.

WINDS: E at 8-15 kt, 15-28 km/h.

SEAS: Moderate with waves 1.5m/5ft.

ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE: Near normal.

SUNSET TODAY: 5:57 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:01 am. Continue reading

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DMCA’S PUBLIC INFORMATION RADIO PROGRAM TO COMMEMORATE MAJOR DISASTERS IN SEPTEMBER ON MONTSERRAT

September 17th on Montserrat is the anniversary of several major major disasters, as we’ll hear in today’s special edition of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency’s (DMCA) radio programme “PREPARE AND PREVENT”.

You’ll also hear as well why September is definitely not Montserrat’s favourite month… But the determination, the resilience and the indomitable spirit of the Montserratian people could not be broken despite all their suffering.

In 1965, on September 17th, Pan-American Airways Boeing 707 Jet crashed in Chance’s Mountain area in the low-flying fog, in the exclusion zone, killing all on aboard – 21 passengers and nine crew members.

In 1989, on September 17th, Category 4 Hurricane Hugo devastated the entire island; killing ten people, 89 persons were injured and over 90 percent of the structures on the island were damaged.

In 1996, on September 17th, the Soufriere Hills volcano burst forth… this one of several terrifying explosions from the volcano.
It was also on September 3rd, 1981 “Montserrat experienced its “worst flood in living memory”, according to an article published in the Montserrat Reporter on September 18th, 2015.

In this edition of “PREPARE AND PREVENT”, we’ll bring to you an interview with Newspaper Editor and Broadcaster Bennet Roach

Click below to hear the full interview with Mr Roach…

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