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Hurricane Ivan Update 22 - September 13, 2004, 2:00 p.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 2:00 p.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Ivan was located about 70 miles south-southeast of the western tip of Cuba (20.9N, 84.7W). Ivan is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph with higher gusts, making Ivan an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 105 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the center. Coastal storm surge flooding of 20 to 25 feet above normally tide levels can be expected near and to the east of the center if it does make landfall in Cuba. Rainfall amounts of eight to twelve inches, possibly causing flash floods and mudslides, can be expected along the path of Ivan. The NHC's projected five-day trajectory of the storm is depicted below.

USAID/OFDA Response

On September 8, the U.S. Chargé d'Affaires issued a disaster declaration for Grenada due to the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan. A six-person USAID/DART is on the ground to assist Post in the emergency response. The USAID/DART reports that the most pressing needs are housing, food, and water. A plane of emergency relief commodities, including plastic sheeting, a water purification unit, water bladders, and jerry cans, arrived in Grenada on September 10. The emergency supplies have been offloaded, and the USAID/DART is working to have them distributed quickly. A USAID/DART member is assisting the EOC with coordination of relief efforts. Two USAID/OFDA-funded electrical engineers are due to arrive in Barbados tonight and will fly to Grenada to assist in an assessment of damage to the electrical grid.

On September 12, the U.S. Ambassador issued a disaster declaration for Jamaica due to the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan. A four-person USAID/DART is on the ground to assist Post in the emergency response. The USAID/DART is currently conducting initial damage assessments to clarify additional needs. The USAID/OFDA/LAC Regional Office in San Jose continues to monitor the effects of Hurricane Ivan throughout the region.

USAID/DART Deployment

The USAID/DART has deployed to Grenada, Jamaica, and Haiti to support the USAID/OFDA sub-office in Barbados.

Grenada: USAID/DART Team Leader Tim Callaghan, Deputy Team Leader Julie Leonard, USAID/OFDA Consultant to Barbados Clive Lorde, Washington-based Information Officer Sonia Biswas, Communications Officer Juan Piniella, and Technical Specialist Nate Smith are all in Grenada assisting in response efforts. The USAID/DART will be in residence with the Chargé and working out of the embassy.

Barbados: Administrative Support Officer Hartley Springer is in-country.

Jamaica: Deputy Team Leader Rene Carrillo, Information Officer Sara Westrick, Communications Officer Ricardo Herrera, and USAID/OFDA consultant Allan Ross arrived in Jamaica on September 9 to prepare for the potential effects of Hurricane Ivan.

The USAID/DART is currently participating in post-hurricane damage assessments.

Haiti: Deputy Team Leader Phil Gelman arrived in Haiti on September 9 to monitor possible mudslides and flooding. Deputy Team Leader participated in an OCHA-organized aerial assessment mission on September 11.

Caribbean Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches/Warnings

Cuba: A hurricane warning remains in effect for Cuba from Pinar del Rio to Ciego de Avila, including the island of Youth. A hurricane watch remains in effect for the rest of Cuba. Mexico: A hurricane warning is in effect for the northeastern Yucatan peninsula from Tulum to Progreso, including Cozumel. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area within the next 36 hours.


Hurricane Ivan Update 21 - September 12, 2004, 5:00 p.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 5:00 p.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Ivan was located about 225 miles southeast of the western tip of Cuba (19.3N, 82.5W). Ivan is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph and a turn toward the northwest is expected later tonight or Monday. The center of Ivan will pass near or over the western end of Cuba on Monday afternoon or evening. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph with higher gusts, making Ivan an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next 24 hours and Ivan could regain Category 5 intensity. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the center. Storm surge flooding of five to eight feet above normal tide levels, with large and dangerous battering waves, has occurred in portions of the Cayman Islands. Reports from the Ham radios operators in Grand Cayman indicate that power is out throughout the island and water as high as five feet has flooded through many homes due to severe storm surge flooding. Coastal storm surge flooding of 20 to 25 feet above normally tide levels can be expected near and to the east of where the center makes landfall in Cuba. Rainfall amounts of eight to twelve inches, possibly causing flash floods and mudslides, can be expected along the path of Ivan. The NHC's projected five-day trajectory of the storm is depicted below.

USAID/OFDA Response

On September 8, the U.S. Chargé d'Affaires issued a disaster declaration for Grenada due to the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan. A six-person USAID/DART is on the ground to assist Post in the emergency response. The USAID/DART reports that the most pressing needs are housing, food, and water. A plane of emergency relief commodities, including plastic sheeting, a water purification unit, water bladders, and jerry cans, arrived in Grenada on September 10. The emergency supplies have been offloaded, and the USAID/DART is working to have them distributed quickly. A USAID/DART member is assisting the EOC with coordination of relief efforts. Two USAID/OFDA-funded electrical engineers are due to arrive in Barbados tonight and will fly to Grenada to assist in an assessment of damage to the electrical grid.

On September 12, the U.S. Ambassador issued a disaster declaration for Jamaica due to the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan. A four-person USAID/DART is on the ground to assist Post in the emergency response. The USAID/DART is currently conducting initial damage assessments to clarify additional needs. The USAID/OFDA/LAC Regional Office in San Jose continues to monitor the effects of Hurricane Ivan throughout the region.

USAID/DART Deployment

The USAID/DART has deployed to Grenada, Jamaica, and Haiti to support the USAID/OFDA sub-office in Barbados.

Grenada: USAID/DART Team Leader Tim Callaghan, Deputy Team Leader Julie Leonard, USAID/OFDA Consultant to Barbados Clive Lorde, Washington-based Information Officer Sonia Biswas, Communications Officer Juan Piniella, and Technical Specialist Nate Smith are all in Grenada assisting in response efforts. The USAID/DART will be in residence with the Chargé and working out of the embassy.

Barbados: Administrative Support Officer Hartley Springer is in-country.

Jamaica: Deputy Team Leader Rene Carrillo, Information Officer Sara Westrick, Communications Officer Ricardo Herrera, and USAID/OFDA consultant Allan Ross arrived in Jamaica on September 9 to prepare for the potential effects of Hurricane Ivan.

The USAID/DART is currently participating in post-hurricane damage assessments.

Haiti: Deputy Team Leader Phil Gelman arrived in Haiti on September 9 to monitor possible mudslides and flooding. Deputy Team Leader participated in an OCHA-organized aerial assessment mission on September 11.

Caribbean Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches/Warnings

Cayman Islands: A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Cayman Islands. Cuba: A hurricane warning remains in effect for Cuba from Pinar del Rio to Ciego de Avila, including the island of Youth. A hurricane watch remains in effect for the rest of Cuba. Mexico: A hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning are in effect for the northeastern Yucatan peninsula from Tulum to Progreso, including Cozumel. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area within the next 36 hours.


Hurricane Ivan Update 6 - September 7, 2004, 5:00 p.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 5:00 p.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Ivan was located approximately 20 miles west-southwest of Grenada. (12.0N, 62.0W). Ivan is moving toward the west near 18 mph, and this motion is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph with higher gusts, and Ivan is now a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles from the center. Storm surge flooding of three to five feet above normal tide levels, with battering waves, can be expected near and to the right of where the center will pass through the Windward Islands. As Ivan passes through the Windward Islands, rainfall amounts of five to seven inches, possibly causing flash floods and mudslides, can be expected. The NHCs projected five-day trajectory of the storm is depicted below.

The USAID/OFDA/Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office in San Jose is monitoring the situation. The USAID/OFDA/LAC Regional Advisor is in the region and in contact with USAID/OFDA consultants in Barbados, as well as national disaster coordinators in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada. The USAID/OFDA/LAC Regional Advisor and a USAID/OFDA consultant will conduct assessments as soon as conditions improve.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches/Warnings

Barbados: A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados. St. Lucia: A tropical storm warning is in effect for St. Lucia. Grenada and its dependencies: A hurricane warning remains in effect for Grenada and its dependencies. St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A hurricane warning remains in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Trinidad and Tobago: A tropical storm warning is in effect for Trinidad and Tobago. Martinique: A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique. Aruba: A hurricane watch is in effect for Aruba. Bonaire: A hurricane watch is in effect for Bonaire. Curacao: A hurricane watch is in effect for Curacao. Netherland Antilles: A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Netherland Antilles. Colombia: A hurricane watch is in effect for the Guajira Peninsula. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.


Hurricane Ivan Update 4 - September 7, 2004, 8:00 a.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 8:00 a.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Ivan was located approximately 110 miles south of Barbados and 80 miles east-northeast of Tobago (11.6N, 59.4W). Ivan is moving toward the west near 18 mph, and a gradual turn toward the west-northwest is expected later today. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph with higher gusts, and Ivan is now a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Some additional strengthening is possible today. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles from the center. Storm surge flooding of three to five feet above normal tide levels, with battering waves, can be expected near and to the right of where the center passes through the Windward Islands. As Ivan passes through the Windward Islands, rainfall amounts of five to seven inches, possibly causing flash floods and mudslides, can be expected. The NHCs projected five-day trajectory of the storm is depicted below.

The USAID/OFDA/Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office in San Jose is monitoring the situation, and the USAID/OFDA LAC Regional Advisor for Barbados will travel from the Bahamas to Barbados today to facilitate the potential relief effort.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches/Warnings

Barbados: A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados. St. Lucia: A tropical storm warning is in effect for St. Lucia. Grenada: A hurricane warning remains in effect for Grenada and its dependencies. St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A hurricane warning remains in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Trinidad and Tobago: A hurricane warning remains in effect for Trinidad and Tobago. Martinique: A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.


Hurricane Ivan Update 3 - September 6, 2004, 5:00 p.m.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), as of 5:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Ivan was located approximately 305 miles east-southeast of Barbados (11.6N, 55.3W). Ivan is moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph and will continue on this track over the next 24 hours. The center of the hurricane will be near or over the Windward Islands by Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph with higher gusts, and Ivan is now a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Ivan may restrengthen tonight and early Tuesday. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 50 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center. The NHCs projected five-day trajectory of the storm is depicted below.

The USAID/OFDA/ Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Senior Regional Advisor has returned to San Jose and will coordinate the response effort for Hurricane Ivan. The USAID/OFDA LAC Regional Advisor for Barbados will travel from the Bahamas to Barbados tomorrow morning to facilitate the potential relief effort.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches/Warnings

Barbados: A hurricane warning remains in effect for Barbados. St. Lucia: A hurricane warning remains in effect for St. Lucia. Grenada: A hurricane warning remains in effect for Grenada and its dependencies. St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A hurricane warning remains in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Trinidad and Tobago A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Trinidad and Tobago. Martinique: A hurricane watch remains in effect for Martinique. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.

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Sonia Biswas
Information Officer
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
U.S. Agency for International Development
Email: sbiswas@usaid.gov