Caribbean Airlines Updated Flight Status Due To TS BRET

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Caribbean Airlines has posted information for affected flights between June 19/20. These include several cancellations and delays between the US (New York and Miami) and Trinidad and Guyana, as well a special service operating from Barbados.

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Source: Caribbean Airlines

Tropical Storm Bret Moving Into South Caribbean Sea

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Image Source: NHC

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BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Bret Intermediate Advisory Number 7A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022017
800 AM AST Tue Jun 20 2017

…BRET MOVING INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA…

SUMMARY OF 800 AM AST…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…11.1N 63.6W
ABOUT 20 MI…35 KM ENE OF ISLA MARGARITA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 21 MPH…33 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.77 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Bonaire
* Curacao
* Aruba

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products
issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Bret was
located near latitude 11.1 North, longitude 63.6 West. Bret is
moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph (33 km/h), and this
general motion is expected to continue through today. On the
forecast track, the center of the tropical storm will continue to
move across the southeastern Caribbean Sea today.

Surface observations from the eastern Caribbean Sea indicate that
the maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher
gusts. Little change in strength is forecast today, and a weakening
trend is expected to begin later today and Bret is forecast to
become a tropical depression on Wednesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km)
primarily to the north of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND: Tropical storm conditions will occur over portions of the
warning area for the next several hours, but these conditions should
subside later today.

RAINFALL: Bret is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2
to 4 inches over the Windward Islands and the northeastern coast of
Venezuela through today.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM AST.

$$
Forecaster Avila

Source: NHC

NHC: Tropical Storm Bret Intermediate Advisory Number 5A

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BULLETIN
Tropical Storm Bret Intermediate Advisory Number 5A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022017
800 PM AST Mon Jun 19 2017

…HEAVY RAIN BANDS SPREADING ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO…

 

SUMMARY OF 800 PM AST…0000 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…9.5N 60.5W
ABOUT 85 MI…135 KM SE OF TRINIDAD
ABOUT 195 MI…315 KM SSE OF GRENADA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 280 DEGREES AT 25 MPH…40 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.76 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Trinidad
* Tobago
* Grenada
* Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Bonaire
* Curacao
* Aruba

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24
hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
At 800 PM AST (0000 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Bret was
located near latitude 9.5 North, longitude 60.5 West. Bret is moving
toward the west-northwest near 25 mph (40 km/h) and is expected to
slow down over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the
tropical storm is expected to move near or over Trinidad and the
eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and early Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher
gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 12 to
24 hours. A weakening trend is forecast to begin on Wednesday and
Bret is expected to become a tropical depression.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km)
from the center, mainly north of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.76 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND: Tropical storm conditions have likely begun over portions of
the warning area, along the eastern coast of Venezuela, and these
conditions will spread westward over the remainder of the warning
area overnight and Tuesday.

RAINFALL: The disturbance is expected to produce total rain
accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over the Windward Islands and the
eastern coast of Venezuela tonight and Tuesday.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.

$$
Forecaster Roberts

Source: National Hurricane Center

Cyber Security Must Be Priority Number One

GUEST POST – Deon Olton, Caribbean Cyber Security Center

Bridgetown Barbados:—  Caribbean Cyber Security Center.
The penetration of internet access in the Caribbean region has undoubtedly paved the way for greater access to the information superhighway and the benefits of competing on the global stage. However, with this access comes great responsibility and risk and we will soon learn that ignorance is no excuse and what we don’t know can and will hurt us.

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LIAT Hit By Industrial Action

ST. JOHN’s, Antigua – Pilots at LIAT – a regional airline – have taken industrial action over wage negotiations. As a result, several flights have been cancelled. The Antigua Observer published the following press release earlier today:

LIAT regrets to advise the travelling public of industrial action by the members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA).

In the ongoing negotiations for higher wages, which includes the operation of the ATR aircraft, the pilots have taken action to refuse to fly the ATR 72 aircraft until an agreement is reached.

As a consequence of this action we have not been able to operate flights scheduled with ATR 72 aircraft at this time.

These actions have already resulted in a number of delays to our services an cancellations.

LIAT has issued a Travel Advisory to its passengers and another will follow at 10:30 a.m.

LIAT’s CEO, Julie Reifer-Jones, stated “LIAT apologises for these disruptions to our passengers and their plans and wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with LIALPA to resolve any issues.”

The following flights have been cancelled:

LI 560 from St. Vincent to Barbados

LI 300 from Barbados to Tortola

LI 301 from Tortola to Barbados

LI 512 from Antigua/St. Kitts/Tortola

We strongly advise our passengers to contact LIAT’s Call Centre for rebooking or advice on travel.

Reservations

1-888-844-LIAT (5428) Toll Free from most destinations within the Caribbean

Region

1-866 549-5428 Calling from The United States

480 5582 for customers calling from Antigua

Call Antigua 1-268-480-5601/2 from Other Countries

1-246 434 5428 from Barbados

Source: Antigua Observer