WMO Members assist Haiti’s hurricane warning system

WMO Members assist Haiti’s hurricane warning system



14 September 2010

As the hurricane season progresses, the new website of Haiti’s National Meteorological Centre (CNM) www.meteo-haiti.gouv.ht is disseminating regular information and, where necessary, warnings to all users about tropical storms.

This is thanks to support from WMO Members including Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America who joined forces to re-establish and reinforce operational meteorological services destroyed by the 12 January 2010 earthquake.

Haiti is regularly impacted by the hurricane season from early June until the end of November. It suffered significant losses in 2008 from four major hurricanes, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike. In 2004 tropical storm Jeanne’s heavy rains caused massive flooding and landslides; 1998 experienced Hurricane George; 1994, Hurricane Gordon and 1963, Hurricane Flora.

It is hoped that the improved weather forecasts and early warnings from CNM will help national authorities, humanitarian and development agencies and the people with emergency contingency planning and recovery.

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