Hurricane Ivan
Devastates Grenada

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Hurricane Ivan made a direct hit on Grenada, killing at least three people as it turned concrete homes into piles of rubble and hurled the island's landmark red zinc roofs through the air.
The most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in 10 years also damaged homes in Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent, just days after Hurricane Frances rampaged through and went on to cause massive damage in Florida.
Ivan strengthened even as it was over Grenada on Tuesday, becoming a Category 4 storm and getting even more powerful as it headed across the Caribbean Sea on a projected route to bear down on Jamaica late Thursday.
"After Jamaica, it's probably going to hit somewhere in the U.S. unfortunately," said meteorologist Jennifer Pralgo of the Hurricane Center in Miami. "We're hoping it's not Florida again, but it's taking a fairly similar track to Charley at the moment."
Hurricane Charley killed 27 people in southwest Florida last month and caused an estimated $6.8 billion in insured damage.
Howling winds raged through the hilly streets of St. George's, Grenada's capital, on Tuesday trashing concrete homes, uprooting trees and utility poles, and knocking out telephone service and electricity. The islands were cut off from the rest of the world and transmission was halted from the Grenada Broadcast Network, whose building suffered major damage.
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency based in Barbados said Wednesday three confirmed deaths were blamed on the storm but it had lost contact with Grenada's emergency officials before getting more details.
The emergency agency's office building, the 19th century Great House at Mount Wheldale in St. George's, "was destroyed" and officials were trying to relocate when they lost contact, officials said.
Several hundred people had been evacuated from low-lying areas of St. George's. ChevronTexaco said it evacuated nonessential staff from a natural gas well off Venezuela's Atlantic coast. Venezuela's government put the South American country's north coast on hurricane watch Tuesday night, and a hurricane warning was posted for the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
"They (Grenadians) had about two hours of just hellacious winds ... took a really bad beating," meteorologist Hugh Cobb of the U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami told The Associated Press. "This is a very dangerous hurricane now."
Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell said his home has been flattened, Trinidadian leader Patrick Manning told reporters after a telephone conversation. Manning said Mitchell asked for help and promised to send Eastern Caribbean $3.7 million in food and other aid.
The Barbados emergency agency said it has been "flooded with calls and e-mail from anxious relatives" and was sending a team into St. George's Wednesday.
More than 1,000 people rushed to shelters in Grenada, made up of several islands with about 100,000 residents. It is best known for a 1983 U.S. invasion following a left-wing palace coup.
There also were unconfirmed reports that storm damage allowed prisoners to escape Grenada's crumbling and overcrowded 17th century prison, a zinc-roofed stone edifice on a hilltop. For more than 20 years the prison has held former Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard and 16 others convicted for killings in the coup.
Ivan's sustained winds were clocked at 120 mph as it raced through the Windward Islands. But it strengthened to 140 mph with gusts just over 160 mph.
Cobb said Ivan would be the first Category 4 storm to hit Caribbean islands since Hurricane Luis wrought havoc in 1990.
He said that if Ivan hit Jamaica, it could be more destructive than Hurricane Gilbert, which was only Category 3 when it devastated the island in 1988.
He said Ivan's heaviest rains, concentrated in its eastern sector, likely will sweep the southern peninsula of Haiti, the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere where deforestation and a proliferation of shacks make any excessive rain a deadly force. Heavy rains in May triggered floods that killed some 1,700 people and left 1,600 missing and presumed dead in Haiti and neighboring Dominican Republic.
At 8 a.m. EDT, Hurricane Ivan was centered about 190 miles east of Bonaire with the eye expected to pass north of the Dutch islands Wednesday afternoon. Hurricane-force winds extended up to 70 miles and tropical storm-force winds another 160 miles.
The Hurricane Center warned could cause storm flooding of 3-5 feet above normal tides with 5-7 inches of rain that could cause flash floods and mudslides.
Earlier Tuesday, Ivan damaged at least 176 homes in Barbados and left many residents without water and electricity, according to relief director Judy Thomas. The Atlantis Hotel and Ocean Spray Hotel, just outside Bridgetown, the capital, lost part of their roofs.
In neighboring St. Vincent and the Grenadines, about 600 people sought shelter, at least 45 houses were damaged and two-thirds of the country was without power, officials said.
Airports, schools, government offices and most private businesses were closed on affected islands.
Ivan became the fourth major hurricane of the season on Sunday, coming hard on the heels of Hurricane Frances, which killed at least two people in the Bahamas and 14 in the U.S. states of Florida and Georgia.
Grenada Severely Impacted By Hurricane Ivan - 3 dead
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
Barbados (CDERA) - Grenada, a member state of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) was severely impacted by Hurricane Ivan. Three people are confirmed dead.
The Capital St Georges suffered incalculable damage. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the residence of Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell were destroyed. The EOC is presently relocating and re-establishing communications.
The CARICOM Secretariat has received a full brief from CDERA.
The Eastern Caribbean Donor Group is meeting at CDERA headquarters in the morning to receive a detailed damage report which will inform their emergency response.
The Caribbean Disaster Response Unit operated by the Regional Security System is deploying restoration teams to Grenada as well as CARILEC which has mobilized power utility restoration teams from Belize, Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands, and Antigua.
HMS Richmond, the British Naval patrol vessel is available to support immediate response in Grenada.
The Emergency Assistance Funds operated by CDERA, CDB, FirstCaribbean International Bank are being activated.
Below is a Situation Report issued by CDERA at 7:30 pm. Updates are also available at ____
The Event: Hurricane Ivan strengthened once again today into a category 3 hurricane and passed south of Barbados buffeting that island with strong tropical storm force conditions. It also brushed Tobago and Saint Lucia with tropical storm force conditions, impacted St Vincent and the Grenadines before devastating Grenada.
The Prognosis: Ivan is now clearing the Windward Islands and forecast to strengthen. The National Hurricane Centre has forecast that on its present course Ivan is expected to approach Jamaica by weekend.
Barbados There was island wide power outage except for the major health care facility, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Power is being restored to the island. More than 221 houses damaged particularly in the southern part of the island in the parishes of Christ Church, St Philip, and St Michael. Some utility poles are down and some areas are without landline telephone service. All cellular services are operational. There are also reports of coastal damage associated with storm surge. Water supply remains functional.
Emergency Operational Center remains operational and is coordinating response to the impact. No request for external assistance has been communicated to CDERA at this time.
One death in Barbados cannot be confirmed as attributed to Hurricane Ivan at this time.
All clear is issued
Trinidad and Tobago The twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago experienced tropical storm force conditions. Tobago experienced the greater impact.
The Emergency Operations Centre in Tobago remains operational and is coordinating response. In Tobago 14 villages reported damage, 33 homes reported either total or partial roof damage, utility down across many areas of the island.
The International Federation of the Red Cross in Trinidad reports that damage has been concentrated in the northern part of the island Charlotteville and Speyside are without power at this time, as are some other areas.
At 5 pm the tropical storm warning was discontinued and a National Emergency Task Force meeting was scheduled for 6:30 pm.
Grenada was the most significantly impacted of the CDERA Participating States. Present reports indicate significant damage with three deaths reported so far. Utilities in all areas are out with exception of cell phone coverage.
The Capital of St Georges suffered incalculable damage. The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the Prime Minister's residence were destroyed. No one in the EOC or Prime Minister's residence was reported hurt. An alternative EOC is presently being set up. The main hospital was damaged as well as some shelters. The people in those shelters were moved to others. The population in public shelters is 1,000 and climbing.
St Vincent and the Grenadines
No fatalities or severe casualties have been reported.
More than 1, 000 people in shelters. Power is down island wide. Storm surge inundated coastal areas and destroyed 19 homes from which 63 were evacuated and are now part of the 1,000 in public shelters. More than 40 other homes were damaged. Areas which sustained most damage were Georgetown, Canaries, and Argyle.
The hospital on Union Island lost it roof.
Saint Lucia
Two people injured while trying to repair a roof. They are hospitalized. No fatalities reported. Minor roof damage reported.
The Dennery Police Station had to be relocated from its coastal location. No damage to roads has been reported. Electricity is off in one area where lines were sparking. Power to the areas was disconnected by the electricity supply company. Water supply is locked off in some areas. Phone service is up in all areas.
Four shelters are opened. ACTIONS BY COORDINATING UNIT:
1. The Eastern Caribbean Donor Group is meeting at 9 am Wednesday at CDERA headquarters to receive a preliminary damage assessment which will inform the Group's emergency response;
2. The Caribbean Disaster Response Unit is being mobilized for deployment to Grenada as early as tomorrow - weather conditions permitting.
3. Trinidad and Tobago, the CDERA sub-regional focal point for Grenada is mobilizing a vessel to deploy relief supplies tomorrow.
4. CARILEC has assembled restoration crews which will be deployed to Grenada.
5. HMS Richmond, the British Naval patrol vessel is available to support immediate response in Grenada.
6. CARICOM Secretariat has been apprised of the situation in the CDERA Participating States.
7. The Emergency Assistance Funds operated by CDERA, CDB, FirstCaribbean International Bank are being activated.
The CDERA CU continues to issue SITREPs on Hurricane Ivan which may be viewed at
Jeremy Collymore
Coordinator, CDERA
Tel: (246) 425-0386
Donovan Gentles
Preparedness and Response Manager
Tel: (246) 425-0386
Terry Ally
Public Education and Information Specialist
Tel: (246) 425-0386



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