Dominica Faced With Severe Flooding, Landslides in Wake of Tropical Cyclone Erika
Tropical Storm Erika significantly impacted Dominica as it passed near the Caribbean island on August 28 (IFRC, ECHO). According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), heavy rainfall associated with Erika resulted in severe flooding, landslides, and widespread damage across the island (CDEMA Situation Report #8). On August 29, the Prime Minister of Dominica declared nine “Special Disaster Areas,” which include the village of Petite Savanne, where an estimated 709 people were evacuated (OPM, CDEMA).
As of September 3, damage assessments indicate that 271 houses have been damaged or destroyed (217 of which are in Petite Savanne), and several communities remain cut off as a result of damage to roads and bridges (CDEMA). An estimated 405 people remain in the eight emergency shelters currently open.
RVA Country Profile: Dominica
This Week in Hazards
- Just a day after forming in the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Cyclone Fred moved through the Cape Verde islands as a Category 1 hurricane on August 31 (ECHO, NASA). By September 1, Fred had weakened into a tropical storm, and began moving away from the islands. Reports indicate that the islands of Sal and Santo Antão experienced flooding and wind damage, and 35 people had been sheltered in Porto Novo. As of September 3 (1700 AST), Fred is located 850 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde islands and maintaining strength as a tropical storm, though weakening over the next 48 hours is expected.
- History was made earlier this week as three Category 4 tropical cyclones were active at the same time in the Central and Eastern Pacific (NASA). So far this season (which runs from June to November), six tropical cyclones have affected or threatened the Hawaiian Islands, and another five formed in or near the Central Pacific (PDC Weather Wall). Though they have lost some strength and are continuing to track away from Hawaii, two of the three tropical cyclones, Ignacio and Jimena, are kicking up high surf east-southeast of the islands (CPHC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Jimena (Central Pacific), Ignacio (Central Pacific), Kilo (Western Pacific)
Flood: Dominica, England, Wales, West Africa, Myanmar, Vietnam, India
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Wildfire: United States (Montana, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington), Canada (British Columbia)
Extreme Temperature: Canada (Manitoba, Ontario)
Drought: Central America, Caribbean Islands, United States (Western), Papua New Guinea, Brazil
Biomedical: West Africa
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