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Editor's Note: A list of emergency management agencies along the East Coast is below.  For our latest update on Irene, visit the Severe Tropical Weather category on the blog.  We’re continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Irene through our regional offices in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Atlanta. As the storm continues through the Caribbean, current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Irene may continue to strengthen and could make landfall anywhere along the East Coast.We continue to be in constant contact and coordination with all of our state and...
Posted On: August 23, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 21, 2011 -- Caribbean Area Division Director, Alejandro De La Campa provides the press with information about FEMA's ongoing activities in support of the Puerto Rico government response operations to Hurricane Irene.At the direction of President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano, we continue to work with our federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local partners, as well as voluntary organizations, the private sector, and others to aggressively prepare as hurricane Irene approaches the continental U.S.  In advance of Irene moving through the territories,...
Posted On: August 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's note: Video added at 1:52 p.m. EDT.Last night, hurricane Irene passed over Puerto Rico, bringing heavy rains and high winds to the island. Our regional office in New York and our Caribbean Area Office remain in constant contact and coordination with the U.S. Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency and the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, as Irene continues to move northwest this afternoon. A tropical storm warning is still in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, so if you’re in the affected area, continue to follow the direction of local officials.We...
Posted On: August 22, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
(Entrada de blog en español / Spanish blog post)Tropical storm Irene is currently churning in the Atlantic, where forecasters from the National Hurricane Center are expecting tropical storm conditions to begin in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands this afternoon. We continue to closely monitor the storm through our regional offices in New York, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga., as well as through our Caribbean Area Office located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.We have positioned Incident Management Assistance Teams in both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and they are in close contact and...
Posted On: August 21, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Late this afternoon, Tropical Storm Fernanda formed in the Pacific Ocean, and we’re closely monitoring the storm through our regional office in Oakland, California and our Pacific Area Office in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to the National Hurricane Center, Fernanda could strengthen some over the next 48 hours and become a hurricane by Thursday.While it’s too early to know if Fernanda will pose a threat to the Hawaiian Islands, we’re gearing up for the possibility. To prepare for all hazards, FEMA has strategically prepositioned communities at distribution centers throughout the United States...
Posted On: August 16, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
Editor's Note at 4:45 p.m. EDT: The National Hurricane Center said remnants of tropical storm Emily have dissipated to an area of low pressure, and all watches/warnings have been cancelled.  They will issue advisories again at www.hurricanes.gov if the storm regenerates.We’re continuing to closely monitor tropical storm Emily through our Regional offices in Atlanta Ga., New York, N.Y. and our Caribbean Area Office located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As of 3 p.m. EDT, Emily continues to deliver heavy rains to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and may affect southern Florida on Saturday.We...
Posted On: August 4, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
In his video yesterday, Administrator Fugate mentioned we’re continuing to closely track tropical storm Emily as it moves through the Atlantic. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Conference are calling for 6-10 inches of rain for Puerto Rico today/tomorrow, and forecasts are calling for Emily to approach the east coast of Florida later this week. Through our Regional offices in Atlanta Ga., New York, N.Y. and our Caribbean Area Office located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, we’re in close coordination with our state and territory partners, including the Virgin Islands Territory Emergency...
Posted On: August 3, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
  Tropical storm Emily has formed in the Atlantic, and we’re continuing to monitor the storm as forecasts project it may affect the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and eventually Florida and the continental U.S.Since our update earlier today, here’s the latest: A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Puerto Rico and the islands of Vieques and Culebra. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours. In addition, a tropical storm watch has been issued for the US...
Posted On: August 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
We’re continuing to closely monitor a developing storm system in the Atlantic, approximately 1,600 miles south east of Miami. Through our Regional offices in Atlanta, Ga. and New York, N.Y., we’re coordinating closely with the National Hurricane Center and the states and territories that may be impacted as the storm further organizes and moves toward the U.S.Although no coastal watches or warnings have been issued yet for the U.S., current forecast tracks show the storm could impact Florida and parts of the East Coast, and will impact the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the next few days....
Posted On: August 1, 2011
Author: Public Affairs
As we mentioned yesterday, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project tropical storm Don will affect south Texas late Friday evening or early Saturday morning. At this time, forecasters do not expect a significant increase in strength before it hits the U.S., however a tropical storm watch has been issued for the south Texas coastline, stretching from Brownsville to Galveston.As we continue to closely monitor the storm as it approaches land, we wanted to remind you of what a “watch” and “warning” means when it comes to severe tropical weather. Tropical storm watch = sustained...
Posted On: July 28, 2011

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