[IMG: Hurricane Georges making landfall on the Dominican Republic September 22, 1998; Credit: Dennis Chesters, Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, Craig Mayhew, and Hal Pierce, Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Georges - Miscellaneous

Michele Wucker pointed me to the following press-release. Way to go AA! -Gert

|         MIAMI, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- During October American Airlines and
|     American Eagle are offering special low-cost relief fares to allow friends and
|     family to fly between the U.S. mainland and areas in Puerto Rico, the
|     Dominican Republic, Haiti and other islands hard-hit by Hurricane Georges.
|     click here for full story.

Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 10:51:48 -0500 From: Jim Skillington (jskillington@villagelife.org) Subject: Disaster News Network

The Disaster News Network is a good source of news about U.S. and Caribbean disasters, organizations seeking donations, and volunteer needs. DNN will continue to update response information as long as organizations are on the scene -- years if necessary. DNN also includes sites with specific information about Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

Mon, 28 Sep 1998 10:00EDT - Apparently our website was noted by many in the media. I've had interviews on BBC Radio, newspapers (incl. USA Today) and some TV stations have contacted me. Even Reuters News Service took quotes from my website. One of the places where it is on-line is at Yahoo. My hurricane correspondents (who have done a superb job!!) have been overwhelmed with e-mail messages and media interest as well. Some have received over three hundred messages with "Thank you's", "Hang in there's" and "Pleas for help"! Right now I have received almost 1,300 since Georges started, and still counting... -Gert

[Tue, 22 Sep 1998 13:38EDT] - Lynn McKamey forwarded me the following information:

     I just had a call from Ralph Locke who handles reservations for several
     resorts throughout the islands and he reported the following:

     St. Croix - little damage to the island; power and phones are working,
     although no one can call INTO the island presently.  The Buccaneer Hotel
     and Resort is fine.

     Anguilla - little damage to the island.  Cove Castles Villas are fine.

     Virgin Gorda's Biras Creek Resort is fine and will open on schedule
     October 22 - they have been closed for renovations since August 23rd.

[Mon, 21 Sep 1998 01:20EDT] - Irvine Niffikeer (standing by at 9Y4IBN) reporting from Trinidad & Tobago:

     I have been monitoring the Antilles Emergency and Weather Net on 3.815 Mhz
     for the last one hour and a half.
     The following stations in the affected were:-
     V4RC - The Red Cross station on St. Kitts. This station was also in contact
     with the Police in Montserrat.
     V21YA- On the island of Antigua.
     >From reports it appears that Antigua has had the worst of Georges. Winds
     were reported at 95 to 110 mph.
     St Kitts/Nevis reported winds of 60 to 80 mph.
     Statons reported little rain but very strong winds.
     The Antilles Emergency and Weather Net is in operation and is in contact
     with the islands of the affected area.
     Telephone access is available. However, electricity was off the and these
     stations are operating on battery power.
     That's it so far as at 0800z.

     Irvine B. Niffikeer (9Y4IBN)

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