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WFP Latin America & Caribbean Region COVID-19 Logistics Situation Update #14 | 21 October 2020

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1. Highlights

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Hurricane Season

Atlantic – statistically speaking %85 of the season is over.

  • Major Hurricane Epsilon – Category 3 (Western North Atlantic Ocean): Epsilon is 26th named storm of the season (earliest in the history) and it is currently located at hundreds kms east-southeast of Bermuda and it has recently weakened to a CAT 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds reaching 145 km/h. Storm is moving on a north north-westward trajectory with 16 km/h ground speed. Tropical storm conditions are expected intermittently on Bermuda through the evening of 22 October when Epsilon is forecast to make its closest approach east of the island. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda. Dangerous and potentially life-threatening surf and rip currents are expected along the coasts of Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, the Leeward Islands, the east coast of United States and the Atlantic Canada during the next couple of days.

  • Tropical Disturbance 1 (Caribbean Sea): A trough of low pressure located over the western Caribbean Sea is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms which primarily extend near Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves north-eastward near western or central Cuba, the Straits of Florida and the Bahamas through the weekend. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Cuba, South Florida, and the Bahamas through early next week. Eye formation probability through 5 days is %30.

Eastern Pacific

  • Tropical Disturbance 1: Showers and thunderstorms associated with a weak area of low pressure located nearly 1000 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula remain disorganized. This system is moving westward, and upper-level winds are expected to become unfavourable for further development on 23 October. Eye formation probability through 5 days is %10.