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AS OF 2:00PM ON JUNE 20th 2017

Tropical Storm Bret, the second named Storm for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season formed near Trinidad on June 19, 2017. TS Bret impacted Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada during Monday night, June 19, 2017 into early Tuesday morning June 20, 2017.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Miami Florida, as at 11:00am (AST) Tuesday June 20, 2017, the center of Tropical Storm Bret was located near latitude 11.6 North, longitude 64.4 West. Bret is moving toward the westnorthwest near 21 mph (33 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through tomorrow. On the forecast track, the center of the tropical storm or its remnants will continue to move across the southeastern Caribbean Sea for the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Weakening should begin today, and the system is expected to dissipate on Thursday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) to the north of the center.

Impact Analysis by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) provided CDEMA a briefing at 10:30am, Tuesday June 20, 2017.

Satellite Observations
 Bret continues to have a fairly well-organized appearance on satellite imagery. However, no significant short-term strengthening seems likely while the circulation interacts with Venezuela today. In 24 hours or so, a weakening trend should commence due to strong south-southwesterly shear associated with an upperlevel trough over the Caribbean Sea.
 The global models continue to be in good agreement that the system will dissipate over the west-central Caribbean in 2-3 days. Observed Rainfall
 Observed rainfall of 4 – 5 inches for Trinidad during the period 19/06/2017 (09:29) – 20/06/2017 (09:30) UTC.
 Rivers in Trinidad continue to be swollen in some areas and should continue to be monitored.

Disclaimer: CIMH is providing special weather interpretation of the current and forecasted tropical weather affecting the Caribbean region. CIMH is not an official forecasting agency.

The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has been in contact with the National Disaster Coordinators (NDCs) of the
impacted States. The following provides an update based on the initial reports of the impact sustained in the affected Participating States.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) reported that assessments are ongoing following the passage of TS Bret.
 The Tropical Storm Warning was lifted at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday 20th June 2017.
 The NEOC is still activated.
 The Airport reopened as at 5:00 am today, June 20, 2017. Full operations have resumed for all inbound and outbound flights.
 Local Government together with the Municipal Corporations and their respective Disaster Management
Units (DMUs) have activated their response mechanism and have pre-positioned their resources.
 55 Shelters (Trinidad 52, Tobago 3) are on standby.
 Water levels in the nation’s major rivers are approaching threshold levels. Caroni river level whilst
contained remains a threat.
 There has been an upsurge in the number of reports of fallen trees, fallen power lines and blown roofs.
There are areas still inaccessible due to flooding.
 Four (4) Health Centres are reported flooded (Todds Rd., Richard Douglas, Flanagin and Penal Rock Rd.).
 Electricity and communication restoration are ongoing.
 All DMUs are currently engaged in conducting Initial Damage Assessment (IDA) in their respective areas.
 Citizens are advised to follow the advisories from official sources such as TT Met Office and ODPM and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency.
Areas of Concern
 The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has received reports that the following
Regional Corporations were most impacted:
o Penal / Debe, Mayaro / Rio Claro, Tunapuna Piarco, San Juan / Laventille, and Diego Martin and
the Arima Borough Corporation
o In certain areas the flooding can create pest problems (Mice, rats, insects or snakes that have
surfaced with the storm).
o Flooding brings with it the risk of waterborne bacterial contaminations
 Damage includes: Roofs blown off, down utility poles, major flooding, beach erosion etc.

GRENADA – Level One (1) Impact
The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) reported the following:
 Two shelters were opened in the South of the island and housed one family each.
 The shelters were eventually deactivated at approximately 6:00 am Tuesday 20th June 2017.
 The Met Office reported wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour.
 Water was shut off at 8:00pm.
 All clear formally announced at 6:35 a.m. by the Minister.
 Schools resumed and persons returned to work as the state of normalcy returned.
Update on Damage
 No report of major damage.
 Police reported no major incident.
 NEOC deactivated at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday 20th June 2017.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) reported the following:
 NEOC Partially Activated since Sunday 18th June 2017.
 The Ministry of Education made arrangements for the students from the family islands that attended school on the mainland to return home early. All schools are closed today, Tuesday June 20, 2017.
 News releases were issued at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday June 20, 2017.
Update on Damage
 The National Emergency Management Organisastion received reports of minimal damage to two house
 There were reports of power outages in the areas of Upper Murray’s Village, Bequia, Dorsetshire Hill,
Queens Drive, Prospect and Calder Ridge.
 There were also reports of gusty winds throughout St. Vincent and Grenadines overnight.

The CDEMA CU and the United Nations Resident Coordinator convened the second meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group – Disaster Management (ECDPG-DM). Twenty four (24) participants from national disaster offices, regional and international donor, humanitarian and development agencies (including 17 joining via online) were in attendance. The meeting, which was held at CDEMA’s headquarters in Barbados at 10:30am on June 20, 2017 provided participants with updates from the CDEMA CU on the impact to Participating States and regional readiness actions.
The Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) including the response specialised teams remain on standby to provide assistance to any of the impacted Participating State should they request such assistance. CDEMA CU continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.
CDEMA will continue to monitor the system and provide updates as is necessary.
CONTACT DETAILS: The CDEMA CU 24-hour contact number 1(246) 434-4880
The public is advised to…
 Monitor radio or television and other official sources of information for progress reports
 Update your personal family preparedness plan and action items according to that plan
 The website www.weready.org provides additional information

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