One dead as TS Matthew lashes Windwards

first_imgNewsRegional One dead as TS Matthew lashes Windwards by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 29, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 756 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – A fourth form secondary school student died Wednesday night after he was crushed by a boulder as he tried to alleviate flooding in his home during the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.Police have not released the name of the student of the Buccament Bay Secondary School, and Deputy Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), Michelle Forbes, has made a very strong appeal for persons to remain vigilant as drains and rivers have over flown their banks dumping debris and other materials on the roads making some of them impassable.A resident of the Central Leeward town said the teenager was crushed when he attempted to clear debris behind his home that was being flooded.The house is located close to a rocky cliff and reports are that the boulder had become lose pinning the student against the wall of the concrete house, killing him instantly.Meanwhile, in Buccament Bay, a neighbouring village in Central Leeward, several people abandoned their homes and sought refuge in emergency shelters as the river nearby again overran its bank.Police officers, including members of the Rapid Response Unit, where at the Buccament Bay Secondary School around 10:00 pm (local time) helping to transport people to the official emergency centre.Assistant Superintendent of Police, Enville Williams, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the police were there to help to save lives as an estimated 25 people left their homes for the shelter.In 2013, the river was responsible for the deaths of several people after heavy rains caused by the passage of the Christmas Eve trough system caused widespread flooding.There were reports of flooding in a number of areas, as well as landslides and power outages.The state-owned Agency for Public Information (API) said Wednesday night that there have been confirmed reports of flooding in Vermont, South Rivers, sections of Kingstown, Campden Park, Arnos Vale, including the ET Joshua Airport, Langley Park and Buccament.In addition, NEMO has received confirmed reports of damage to several homes, landslides and blocked roads.The Central Water and Sewage Authority (CWSA) has reported that Hermitage River has risen by 1.10 meters in the last hour and as a precautionary measure, the CWSA turned off all of their water systems.Schools will remain closed for the rest Thursday.NEMO is urging residents not to go sightseeing as emergency services will be responding to reports and roads have been impacted by landslides and flooding.Meanwhile, forecasters at the ET Joshua Airport said late Wednesday that a tropical storm warning remains in effect for St Vincent and the GrenadinesA tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are likely to affect the country — in this case, during the next 24 hours.Matthew was now moving towards the west at 15 miles per hour and a further decrease in forward speed is expected during the next few days. But it is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane by Friday.Forecasters say Matthew will continue to produce moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty storm force winds across St Vincent Wednesday night into Thursday.last_img read more

Birders Prove Their Mettle During Damp River Float

first_imgMost events are free. The festival is also keeping a list of the bird sightings at the Kenai Visitor’s and Cultural Center. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Birding Festival has been attracting enthusiasts far and wide, but Lisa Berenek with the Watershed Forum said they experienced a soggy start to the event during today’s Kenai river float…. The Festival continues tonight with an orientation at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center starting a 7pm…center_img Berenek: “It was a wet one, but one thing I’ve learned about birders is they are hard core. A lot of folks from the Peninsula, from the Anchorage area, but also a lot of folks that came from across the country this year, from Massachusetts and Chicago and whatnot that came to spend their day out in a drift boat floating down the Kenai River searching out birds, stopping at gravel bars, and enjoying the day with our local volunteer boat guides and our local volunteer bird experts.”last_img read more