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Hurricane Omar Brings High Seas, Rain and More Rain

Within the last 16 hours there have been numerous reports of coastal damages to the west coast villages (i.e. Pointe Michel, Newtown, Dublanc, Portsmouth, etc) of Dominica due to high sea swells as Hurricane Omar has strengthened into a category 3 Hurricane. As of 5 a.m EDT, the center was located 70 miles N of St. Martin Island.

Omar’s maximum sustained winds are 125 mph near the center and according to it’s likely peaked and some weakening should occur in the next 24 hours. Currently, hurricane-force winds extend out about 35 miles from the center.

Minister for Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Hon. Vince Henderson has announced over the Nation radio Station-DBS that there will be no school today and that persons traveling along the west coast of the island should stay home.

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Comment by ro
2008-10-16 23:52:29

thank you for the information. i hope everyone is safe.

Comment by Mary B.
2008-10-17 09:23:43

We hope all is well there.

Comment by pete
2008-10-17 20:01:31

I was saddened to learn of the disasater due to the storm surge which was largely unforseen. Of particular concern are the effects to the coastal communities, particularly to the south. I hope it will be possible to bring some form of rehabiltation urgently, though some of it may take some time. It is clear that there has to be an acceleration of the sea defence project, however.

Just a few weeks ago, I was lamenting the fact that it took so long just to have one half of the sea wall between the communities of Soufriere and Scotts head completed, then there was a wait to get funding for the second half. It looked liked that partial sea wall held up pretty well and saved the road in that area. Unfortunately the delay with completing the second half cost the community a major section of the rest of the road and loss of property. It is good to learn that Venezuela can once again be counted to assist Dominica in times of need. This event serves as another reminder that a “rainy day fund” also needs to be supported to provide needed assistance for times like this. Unfortunately, the island was just recovering from a previous disaster 1 year ago.

For some, this reunion time will have bitter sweet memories. While some will carry on with the festivities, others will be faced with challenges, inconveniences and hardships of lost property and services. But it could be worst. Lets be still thankful and move forward with a determination to rebuild.

Comment by Dr Dan Jordan
2008-10-21 00:53:13

To all who have been affected, we wish our neighbors well.

Dan & Judi

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