Caribbean islands clean up after Omar

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:56 PM GMT on October 17, 2008

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Tropical Storm Omar continues to race northeastward over the open Atlantic Ocean, and is rapidly deteriorating, thanks to high wind shear and cold waters. The storm is only a threat to shipping now, and will not affect any more land areas. The cleanup continues on several Caribbean islands hit by Omar's heavy rains and high winds. Thankfully, no deaths or injuries have been reported from the storm, which avoided making a direct hit on any islands. Hardest hit appears to be the island of Antigua, where 5.71" of rain was recorded at the airport. Severe flooding washed out roads and prompted many boat rescues, putting up to 100 people in shelters. St. Croix, whose eastern tip caught the eyewall winds of Omar, received minor damage, according to media reports. The storm did knock out power to the entire island for nearly a day, and caused considerable damage to piers and boats in the main harbor, though. Flooding was also reported in the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and St. Kitts and Nevis. On St. Martin, high waves dumped rocks and sand of the runway of the airport, forcing its closure. The airport was scheduled to be reopened today. More details on Omar's impact on the islands can be found at stormcarib.com.


Figure 1. Hurricane Omar as seen by NASA's Aqua satellite at 17:45 UTC October 15, 2008. At the time, Omar was a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

Elsewhere in the tropics
Several computer models are predicting the development of a tropical depression in the Atlantic's southwestern Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua or Honduras, about 5-8 days from now. Wind shear is expected to be low, 5-10 knots, across most of the Caribbean for the next ten days, and I would not be surprised to see a tropical storm develop in the Caribbean next week.

Heavy rains continue over the Central American nations of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and El Salvador, in association with the remains of Tropical Depression Sixteen. The remains of TD 16 could move over the Eastern Pacific and regenerate into a tropical storm. Several of the computer models continue to indicate this possibility, and NHC is giving this system a medium (20-50% chance) of becoming a tropical depression in the Eastern Pacific by Sunday.

Hurricane Ike relief efforts
There continues to be an urgent need for relief supplies in the wake of Hurricane Ike. I recommend contributions to the portlight.org charity fund, formed by wunderground members to serve the needs of those often bypassed by traditional relief efforts. Contributions are fully tax-deductible, and more details can be found at StormJunkie's blog.


Figure 2. Damage in Antigua from Hurricane Omar. Image credit: Iain Mellows.

I'll have an update Saturday morning.

Jeff Masters

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The Cappuchino bar on Bonaire's seafront during Tropical Storm Omar
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496. RobDaHood
4:41 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
...and the GFS changes it's game plan yet again.

Maybe no "Bonedog Effect" after all.
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495. RobDaHood
4:34 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Wow, patterns have really changed quickly last 12 hrs.

30kts of shear all the way to the keys
20kts half-way down the Yucatan.

Starting to think they've got ex TD16 tethered to a flagpole or something.
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494. KBH
3:38 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
I am beginning to doubt the negative impact of shear on hurricanes, several of the recent hurricanes still developed on strong shear. it might simply be more difficult to predict development of hurricanes
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493. KBH
3:32 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
looks like things are getting back to normal in the carib. We're having a sunny and actually fairly breezy day in B'dos
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492. messageinabottle
3:19 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting StormW:
messageinabottle,

Good day!

And a good day to you sir, Thank you.
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490. messageinabottle
3:17 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting keywestbrat:
gorgeous day here to, going down to goombay to get some meat on a stick and a cold one later

sounds gooooood!!! =D THANKS to IKE<-- =0, our state fair was cancelled, so all we have to look forward to here is HALLOWEEN & beautiful fall days...& a few cold ones ourselves... have a great saturday!!
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489. RobDaHood
3:16 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting keywestbrat:
gorgeous day here to, going down to goombay to get some meat on a stick and a cold one later


good plan - phone call - back soon
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488. RobDaHood
3:15 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting keywestbrat:
hey rob,


Greetings from the "Billabong back of Bourke"
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487. messageinabottle
3:14 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting RobDaHood:
480. messageinabottle

Glad to be of service, ma'am. Thanks for the update. If you know of needs that are not being met, contact "presslord" by WUmail.

=D will do sir. will do.
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485. RobDaHood
3:11 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
480. messageinabottle

Glad to be of service, ma'am. Thanks for the update. If you know of needs that are not being met, contact "presslord" by WUmail.
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484. messageinabottle
3:10 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting keywestbrat:
hey message how you doing this morning?

Hey! i am good thanks, looking at a beautiful day here, trying to decide what to do with the rest of it, besides my addiction to this blog LOL!! & you? how are you? My names Heather by the way...
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481. RobDaHood
3:06 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting stoormfury:
Omar degenerates to a tropical low. yet it still carries an eye. lease expain?


if you are looking at the visible imagery it give the illusion of an eye. Look at water vapor and you'll see that there is no closed circulation. I think what you are seeing is dry air in the center of a remnant low with some thin clouds swirling around the west and south side giving the illusion of a closed eye.

Sat images can play tricks on you.

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480. messageinabottle
3:02 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
goodmorning all. thanks to everyone that helped answer my questions late last night. seems with the shear{I HOPE}& teh troughs that will come & go, the southern Gs of tx has an end to its season..i will still be on as much as I can, this blog has really helped me alot even before I joined. Today is the first public joint venture in Bolivar to aid in clenup & rebuilding. Anyone who could not make it in person there is a website rebuildbolivar.com , i think its run by a church out there & other area organizations. The erosion was already horrible out there & the riptide damage alone is phenomonal! Just alot of devastation there as you all know. Glad for the calm weather now, and an early end to the season. =DD
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479. CybrTeddy
3:01 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting Orcasystems:


Correct me if I am wrong.. we have had what... two of the busiest Hurricane seasons on record, in the last... 4 years?

Does not that fact alone blow your theory right out the window?



Yea, soon to be 3. 2003 with 16, 2005 with 28, and soon to be 2008 with 16.
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478. stoormfury
2:50 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Omar degenerates to a tropical low. yet it still carries an eye. lease expain?
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477. Orcasystems
2:26 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting GatorWX:

I think it already has. There is also evidence that shear will dramatically increase due to global warming thus offsetting some of the effects of warmer sst's.


Correct me if I am wrong.. we have had what... two of the busiest Hurricane seasons on record, in the last... 4 years?

Does not that fact alone blow your theory right out the window?

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476. GatorWX
2:24 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting leftovers:
hurricane season as we know it might change due to global warming.

I think it already has. There is also evidence that shear will dramatically increase due to global warming thus offsetting some of the effects of warmer sst's.
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474. Orcasystems
2:13 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Complete Refresh Blog
Mirror Site

Tropical Storm ... Omar
Present Satellite picture Omar ... Omar

Present Satellite, Area of Interest BOC/West Caribbean
Present Satellite, Area of Interest Trinidad & Tobago
Present Satellite, Area of Interest Haiti
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473. ERPazo
2:12 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Hey everyone...

I know most of you are moving on to the new disturbances. Just thought you'd all like to see how Omar affected some of us a little further south.

Here is a video of the storm surge from Omar on Thursday in Dominica, W.I.

Thanks everyone for staying on top things that affect us. And the best of luck through the end of the season.
472. CybrTeddy
2:11 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Just a little nack in my mind, weren't people calling this the end of the season a week ago, then a few days later a Category 4 Hurricane pops up in the Caribbean?
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471. stoormfury
2:11 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
morning
There is evidence of some form of cyclonic turning near 9n 46w . there is little vorticity in the area according to the 850mb vorticity map. there is also very little low level convergence and wind shear is about 15 knots. however there is a considerable amount of upper level divergence. could this be a precursor of some form of tropical development. the qs of the area shows only straght line winds
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470. lawntonlookers
1:57 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
JadeInAntigua

Glad that you made it through okay.
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469. stillwaiting
1:56 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
morning adrian!!!stormw!!!!....wouldn't the closed low thats forcast mid-week over the central plains relax sheer over the gulf as the UL and LL flow turns Southerly?????
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468. lawntonlookers
1:53 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Good morning everyone. Any comments on the convection south of Haiti?
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467. stillwaiting
1:51 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Morning fellow Wunderbloggers!!!!,
just my thoughts about the possibilty of drier air abading the eastern gulf states by mid-week!!!


As a low closes off over the middle of the country mid-week the surface flow over the eastern half of the US w/turn southerly,greatly increasing the moisture over the eastern GOM,bringing up a tropical airmass as sheer should become favorable as the trough lifts out.....now, sheer forcasts are not even close to a perfect science and I would not put a great deal of faith into any sheer forcast longer than 72hrs out...I still give the eastern gulf states a 50/50 chance of a TC effecting the area,possibly a TS or a TD but a hurricane is about a 20% chance...JMO
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466. hurricane23
1:47 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
The end is near for sure.Its been a tretuous season for the entire caribbean and the united states and to be honest iam hopeing this season is all but done.
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464. ILwatcher
1:45 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting KEHCharleston:
Presslord,
Are we set up for monthly commitment? We just let you know how much we will commit and send it each month (check or paypal)- Do we need to do anything else?


Twas easy as pie!

I was planning on starting in November but what the hey -- now's as good a time as any.
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463. presslord
1:40 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
The dress photos were shot last Saturday...Dr. Masters has them and, when he quits laughing, he'll post them....I suspect he'll get them up as a Halloween treat.....
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462. RobDaHood
1:40 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting HobeSoundShudders:
speaking of "old news" WHERE is press-in-a-dress??

jo ^_^


Halloween's coming and aparently dr. M thinks it's "That Scary"
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461. hurricanealley
1:38 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
too much shear
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459. RobDaHood
1:36 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Quoting presslord:
Stormjunkie just walked into my office and greeted me with: "Good morning geriatric elder significant other...."

he's fired....


Don't fire him just yet but tell him Rob said "Be Nice!"
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458. CybrTeddy
1:36 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Also I'd watch the Western Caribbean, shears low.
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456. CybrTeddy
1:36 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Well Ike, were was that shear for Ike and Gustav? As you know, the USA got screwed over after 2 years of luck this year.
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455. presslord
1:33 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Stormjunkie just walked into my office and greeted me with: "Good morning geriatric elder significant other...."

he's fired....
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454. RTLSNK
1:32 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Oh-Oh, she who must be obeyed just walked in wearing her garden gloves, saw me at the computer, gave me one of those "cold front" looks, and turned without a word being spoken. Have two choices, am making the wise one, be back later!! hahaha
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453. RobDaHood
1:32 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Don't anyone freak out cause it is just an illusion, but on watervapor imagery right now, the blob near Jamaica looks like a little baby hurricane.
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452. presslord
1:29 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
"This is always the time period after a storm when the true and desperate needs surface.
Not that the immediate needs after the actual storm are not important....but after a month to six weeks the media has moved on and donations always fall off because the needs are not being discussed regularly in your face like they are immediately during and after the disaster.

Please help by doing whatever you can folks.
There are many that have nothing....and nowhere to turn!"




Amen again!!!!!!! We are finding this to be the case...these have truly become the "Forgotten People..."
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451. hurricane23
1:27 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
425. IKE 8:22 AM EDT on October 18, 2008
Shear is once again protecting the USA...

Mentioned this a few days ago infact here is the 06z GFS windshear forcast which continues to show a very hostile environment around florida and most of the gulf.In my personal view theses conditions are not going to change till 09 season.
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450. RobDaHood
1:24 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Morning All!

Feeling fairly safe this morning 'cause AVILA said so :) (well, did check it out for myself but always feel better when Avila agrees)
Front seems to be drying out nicely.

Hope everyone is having as nice a morning as we are in Central FL Will be in semi-lurk mode most of the day.
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448. KEHCharleston
1:23 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Just jumping back in for a moment - then I am literally out the door.

I am not sure how cold it gets along the GOM coast, but I am guessing that it gets to at least sweater weather. We probably need to keep that in mind.

Presslord
, would it be possible to let us know if/when a truck will be leaving a specific area. That way, if anyone from that area, has things from their closet that can be contributed, they can send it with the truck, otherwise mail it as HobeSoundShudders (RE:445) suggests.

I will check back for the following posts when I return home.

Thanking you in advance
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447. CybrTeddy
1:21 PM GMT on October 18, 2008
Morning Storm!
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