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- Heavy Damage in St Vincent, Eight Confirmed Dead,five missing....
  • From: "Colvin \"Koolkidd\" Harry" <colvinharry at yahoo.co.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2013 01:37:44 +0000 (GMT)

 Its been quite an eventfull christmas day in SVG ...with tragedy the order of the day here is an official release detailing some important information.


The Central Water and Sewerage Authority are continuing its assessment in the Vermont and impacted areas. Fifty percent of consumers are without pipe borne water and it is expected that residents between Layou and Prospect will be without water at least until Saturday. The CWSA will continue to provide updates as assessment and repairs continue.


As assessments continue, estimated damage numbers are expected to increase. 

Damage to Infrastructure

Several communities remain cut-off due to damaged bridges and blocked roads. Vehicular traffic cannot enter or leave the North Windward community of Sandy Bay, and several blockages from landslides are preventing access to communities in North Leeward. The Caratal bridge is damaged, and a Bailey by-pass bridge in Colonarie was washed away.


a. The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has provided, sleeping bags, comfort kits and jerry cans to those affected The Ministry of Transport and Works have commenced the initial damage assessment process to accessible areas.

b. The Ministry of Education activated its Emergency Shelter Committee. Two emergency shelters have been activated in Buccament and Chateaubelair.

c. Temporary measures on the Caratal bridge will allow single lane access to vehicular traffic this evening.

d. The Ministry of Health has conducted several emergency meetings with the Health Emergency Committee. The pediatric, male medical, maternity (delivery), and the neonatal intensive care units have been temporary relocated as clean- up operations continue. The physo-social support team led by the Ministry of Health is providing support to those persons injured from this event.

e. The Roads Building and General Services Authority (BRAGSA), Ministry of Transport and Works and the Forestry Department continue their road clearing operations.

f. The Acting Prime Minister – Hon Girlyn Miguel, Director of NEMO – Mr. Howie Prince and other Government Officials visited affected areas today on the Leeward side as far as Belle Isle and Georgetown on the Windward side.

g. The SVG Red Cross Society was distributing jerry cans in affected areas.

h. The E. T. Joshua Airport has reopened.

i. The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) remains partially activated. 


Housing, Food, Water

See attached some Photos of some of the destruction caused.

Please pray for our country.

Colvin " Koolkidd" Harry
Programme Manager (Ag.) 
National Broadcasting Corporation of St Vincent and the Grenadines
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- 25 December 2013 Report
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2013 06:33:40 -0400
Torrential rain for several hours last night. Reports from SVG TV of several 
bridges down & problems in the Buccament valley, hospital & airport flooded. 
Still getting the sounds of distant thunder. Off to do a quick recce of 
Kingstown & the surrounds.
Stay safe & Merry Christmas.

GB at SVGhurrseas

- Thu 21 Nov 2013
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 07:41:47 -0400
Only 9 days left for this season & not much appears to be threatening this as one of the quietest for a long time.

The Christmas breezes are here, although the early part of this week had some beautiful rolling seas. We're having the occasional shower (which is good provided it doesn't spoil my cycle to work) & some very hot sun.

Unless things change drastically, this will probably be my last post of the season.

- Raining Cats and Dogs in SVG
  • From: colvinharry at yahoo.co.uk
  • Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:50:18 +0000
Heavy showers continue to move in on SVG associated with a tropical wave
Sent from my BlackBerry® device from Digicel

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- Sunday 6 October
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:16:43 -0400
Last night's rain was the worst I've seen since July 2010. Persistent, 
torrential for about 2 hours. It caused the airport to be shut here until about 
10am, causing many problems for the early travellers.

Haven't heard any tales about other areas, no doubt the stories will come out 
in the next few days.

But it looks like the next wave coming through may be worse than last 

GB at SVGhurrseas

- 30 September 2013 Update
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:05:17 -0400
It seems to be getting hotter & more humid in SVG. Very hazy today- I can barely see Bequia from the Calliaqua area.
Been very quiet for the last 3 weeks. A few splashes of rain, the odd thunderstorm, but nothing major.
It's turning into a very peculiar hurricane season.

- 10 Sep 2013
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:51:59 -0400
These reports are coming in thin & slow........ this is my 4th hurricane season here in SVG & it is thus far the quietest. We had some heavy rain last week which played havoc in the interior with a road into the Mespo valley taken out, along with the adjacent water supplies, causing some people to use unconventional methods for their morning routines.......
Other than that, hot, humid with hopefully flat waters at the weekend for some boating shenanigans....

- 28 August 2013
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:13:54 -0400
Yesterday, our first sustained rain for a good few weeks- it was heavy showers from breakfast through to mid afternoon. Have woken up this morning to bright blue skies with some cumulus to the south & south east. 
Otherwise, all quiet on this front.

- 15 Aug 2013
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:20:19 -0400
Typical mid-August weather- occasionally unsettled, still air & a few Simpsons clouds. It appears that TS ERIN will be heading north of us, although there are a few blobs tracking along the 10 degree latitude which may affect us mid-end next week.

- 1 August 2013
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:04:34 -0400
It's been a q unite 3 weeks since my last report. No extreme weather of any 
kind & just enough showers to keep the grass green. 

Long may it continue!

GB at SVGhurrseas

- 10 July
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:29:28 -0400
We didn't get hit too hard by Chantel. There was some rain early morning, but a big downpour at lunchtime as the masqueraders were forming on the street.
No damage reported anywhere. Seems to be quiet over the next few days.

- 9 July
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 04:27:23 -0400
TS Chantel.......will it affect Mardi Gras later this morning? We are getting some scattered rain & had some good downpours during j'ouvert 24 hours ago, but it does seem that with this TS we are going to dodge a bullet.
Another update post-carnival!

- 25 June
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:47:23 -0400
Bit of an unpleasant evening.....lots of rain accompanied by thunder & 
lightning off to the east. It might clear the air a bit.....humidity over the 
last few days has been up in the 80s.

Off to read a book- it's impossible to watch TV with the rain beating on the 

GB at SVGhurrseas

- 13 June Weather
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:04:06 -0400
Bit of a blob coming, so may be wet for the next couple of days.

It's been the usual cycle here for the last week...... a couple of days of dry weather, some showers overnight then some big downpours- the last ones were on Sunday, though they seem to have mainly affected the leeward side.

Nothing spectacular so far.....

- 3 June Weather
  • From: Gary Blackman <svghurrseas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2013 17:25:10 -0400
Sat here in Villa at 5.30pm & the heavy, squally rain has passed & the clouds 
have lifted to a higher altitude- the next rain may hold off for a few hours.

Very humid day- Kingstown was particularly hot this morning & there appears to 
have been some localised showers all along the south coast.

The wind has been heavy enough to knock my tomato seedlings over, so some 
re-positioning is required.

I hope this season is as quiet as last year for this part of the Caribbean.

Yours Aye

GB at SVGhurrseas

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