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Hurricane Charley Final Update August 13, 2004, 8:00 a.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 7:00 a.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Charley was located approximately 75 miles west-southwest of Key West, Florida (24.3N, 82.9W). Charley is moving toward the north-northwest near 18 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles from the center. (click for image) The Government of Cuba has discontinued all warnings.

The USAID/OFDA Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) team continues to monitor the situation from Washington, D.C., the OFDA/LAC Regional Office in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the sub-regional office in Bridgetown, Barbados. USAID/OFDA will provide additional updates if the situation changes.



Hurricane Charley Update 6 August 12, 2004, 5:00 p.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 5:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Charley was located approximately 140 miles south-southeast of Havana, Cuba (21.2N, 81.9W). Charley is moving toward the north-northwest near 18 mph, and a turn to the north is expected during the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph with higher gusts. This makes Charley a Category Two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours and Charley could become a major hurricane later tonight or Friday. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles from the center.

The USAID/OFDA Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) team continues to monitor the situation from Washington, D.C., the OFDA/LAC Regional Office in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the sub-regional office in Bridgetown, Barbados. An OFDA/LAC Regional Advisor and OFDA/LAC consultant are currently in Jamaica coordinating with local disaster management officials.

LAC Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches/Warnings

Cuba: A hurricane warning remains in effect for the following provinces of western Cuba: Pinar del Rio, La Habana, Cuidad de la Habana, Matanzas, and the Isle of Youth. Cayman Islands: The Government of the Cayman Islands has discontinued all warnings.



Hurricane Charley Update 4 - August 11, 2004, 5:00 p.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Tropical Storm Charley has become a hurricane. As of 5:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Charley was located approximately 85 miles southwest of Kingston, Jamaica (17.0N, 77.5W). Charley is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph, and a gradual turn to the northwest is expected during the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center. The NHC's projected trajectory of the hurricane is depicted below.

The USAID/OFDA Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) team continues to monitor the situation from Washington, D.C., the OFDA/LAC Regional Office in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the sub-regional office in Bridgetown, Barbados. An OFDA/LAC Regional Advisor and OFDA/LAC consultant are currently in Jamaica coordinating with local disaster management officials.

LAC Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches/Warnings

Jamaica: The Government of Jamaica has issued a hurricane warning for Jamaica.

Cayman Islands: A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Cayman Islands. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area generally within 24 hours.

Cuba: The Government of Cuba has issued a hurricane watch for the following provinces of western Cuba: Pinar del Rio, La Habana, Cuidad de la Habana, Matanzas, and the Isle of Youth.

The watch will probably be changed to a hurricane warning tonight.



Tropical Storm Charley Update 2 - August 10, 2004, 5:00 p.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 5:00 p.m. AST, the center of Tropical Storm Charley was located approximately 440 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica (15.2N, 70.8 W).Charley is moving toward the west-northwest near 26 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts.Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center. The Government of Haiti has issued a tropical storm warning for the entire southwest peninsula of Haiti from the Dominican Republic border westward, including Port-au-Prince.The Government of Jamaica has issued a tropical storm warning for Jamaica.The Government of the Cayman Islands has issued a tropical storm watch for the Cayman Islands.

US Government and partners like GDIN are monitoring situation, in case assistance is needed.


Anne Speca
Senior Information Specialist
Latin America and the Caribbean
USAID/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance