Tornado-like impact deemed a “Wet Micro Burst” incident, competent authority

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 06, 2019 (SKNVIBES)

Reports and calls made to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on November 3rd 2019, recorded a weather incident that occurred in the Conaree and Bird Rock areas. At the time, it was classified as a weak tornado which was embedded in a deep-layered and slow moving Trough that was affecting the Northern Leewards over a week.According to Elmo Burke, Senior Met Officer, Tornadoes are not uncommon in the Caribbean.

However, based upon ongoing investigations and consultation with the Antigua & Barbuda Met Services, an updated report, which includes the probable cause and impact of the system, has been shared with the agency.“In conjunction with Mr. Burke, a delegation from NEMA, including myself, Mrs. Oureika Lennon-Petty, our Planning Officer and PRO Vesta Southwell, returned to Conaree on November 4th.


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