The tropical hurricane season 2014 in the Caribbean and Dominican Republic

The 2014 tropical hurricane season officially started in the Atlantic Ocean on June 1st 2014 and will end on November 30th 2014, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

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Last update on 08.02.14 - 11.00 a.m.


Tropical Storm Bertha

At 1100 am AST, 1500 UTC, the center of Tropical Storm Bertha was located near latitude 17.2 north, longitude 66.7 west. Bertha is moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph, 35 km/h.

A turn toward the northwest is expected by tonight, with this motion continuing through Sunday night.

On the forecast track, the center of Bertha should pass near Puerto Rico today, near or over the eastern portion of the Dominican Republic tonight and near or over the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph, 85 km/h, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected through Sunday. Slow strengthening is possible Sunday night and Monday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles, 165 km mainly to the northeast of the center.

Watches and warnings

The government of the Dominican Republic has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the eastern Dominican Republic from Cabo Frances Viejo to Isla Saona.

The government of France has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for Martinique.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for :

  • Puerto Rico
  • Vieques
  • Culebra
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands
  • The eastern Dominican Republic from Cabo Frances Viejo to Isla Saona
  • The southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana and the Ragged Islands
  • The Turks and Caicos Islands

A tropical storm watch is in effect for :

  • Central Bahamas, including Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador

Tropical Depression Two
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Tropical Depression Two
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Tropical Depression Two
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Tropical Depression Two
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Sector Atlantic and Central America

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Sector Caribbean, Atlantic and Central America

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Current Sea Surface Temperature Analysis

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2014 Storms Archive

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2013 Storms Archive

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Seasonal forecasts for 2014 Hurricane Season

2014 Hurricane Season

David Dilley says the upcoming season will be stronger and more dangerous than last year, with :

  • Number of storms forecast : 17
  • Number of hurricanes forecast : 8
  • Number of storm day forecast : 64

These are finally probabilities that certain territories will be affected by an intense hurricane in 2014 :

  • Category 3 or higher hurricane forecast : 90%
  • A 52% chance that at least one major hurricane will make landfall on the U.S. coastline in 2013. The long-term average probability is 84%.
  • For the U.S. East Coast, including the Florida Peninsula, the probability of a major hurricane making landfall is 31% (the long-term average is 61%).
  • For the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle west to Brownsville, the probability is 31% (the long-term average is 61%).
  • The team predicts the probability of a major hurricane making landfall in the Caribbean as 42% (average for the last century is 75%).

Cyclones and Hurricanes history in Dominican Republic, from 1615 till…

Hurricanes history

Hurricanes for 2014

Arthur

Bertha

Cristobal

Dolly

Edouard

Fay

Gonzalo

Hanna

Isaias

Josephine

Kyle

Laura

Marco

Nana

Omar

Paulette

Rene

Sally

Teddy

Vicky

Wilfred

July, 1 to 5

Saffir Simpson Scale of winds

Category 1 Hurricane - 119–153 km/h

No significant structural damage to building structures; however, they can topple unanchored mobile homes, as well as uproot or snap trees. Poorly attached roof shingles or tiles can blow off. Coastal flooding and pier damage are often associated with Category 1 storms.

Category 2 Hurricane - 154–177 km/h

Storms of Category 2 are strong enough that they can lift a house, and inflict damage upon poorly constructed doors and windows. Vegetation, poorly constructed signs, and piers can receive considerable damage. Mobile homes, whether anchored or not, are typically damaged, and many manufactured homes also suffer structural damage.

Category 3 Hurricane - 178–209 km/h

These storms can cause some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings, particularly those of wood frame or manufactured materials with minor curtainwall failures. Buildings that lack a solid foundation, such as mobile homes, are usually destroyed, and gable-end roofs are peeled off. Manufactured homes usually sustain severe and irreparable damage.

Category 4 Hurricane - 210–249 km/h

Category 4 hurricanes tend to produce more extensive curtainwall failures, with some complete roof structural failure on small residences. Heavy, irreparable damage and near complete destruction of gas station canopies and other wide span overhang type structures are common. Mobile and manufactured homes are leveled. These storms cause extensive beach erosion, while terrain may be flooded far inland.

Category 5 Hurricane - More than 250 km/h

These storms cause complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings, and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Collapse of many wide-span roofs and walls, especially those with no interior supports, is common. Very heavy and irreparable damage to many wood frame structures and total destruction to mobile/manufactured homes is prevalent. Only a few types of structures are capable of surviving intact.

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