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Cuban nickel industry shuttered as Hurricane Matthew looms

Cuban nickel industry shuttered as Hurricane Matthew looms
October 3, 2016
By Marc Frank

HAVANA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Cuba’s two nickel processing plants were
temporarily shut down on Monday, state-run media said, as powerful
Hurricane Matthew threatened the eastern part of the Caribbean island,
where the country’s top export earning industry is located.

State-run television on Monday, reporting on… Continue reading

Hurricane Matthew closes in on Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba

Hurricane Matthew closes in on Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba
John Bacon, USA TODAY 6:49 a.m. EDT October 3, 2016

Hurricane Matthew barreled its way through the Caribbean and toward
Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba on Monday.

Meteorologists said the Category 4 storm could pose a threat to the
United States by week’s end.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the… Continue reading

Guantánamo Navy base begins evacuating 700 parents and kids, plus pets, ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Guantánamo Navy base begins evacuating 700 parents and kids, plus pets,
ahead of Hurricane Matthew
BY CAROL ROSENBERG
crosenberg@miamiherald.com

WASHINGTON
U.S. military cargo planes began evacuating about 700 family members of
troops and other staff by military cargo plane from Guantánamo Bay to
“safe haven” in Pensacola, Florida, on Sunday ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

“We have to prepare for the… Continue reading

Mega-Hurricane Matthew Heads for Jamaica, Cuba

Mega-Hurricane Matthew Heads for Jamaica, Cuba
By HOWARD CAMPBELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Oct 1, 2016, 9:18 AM ET

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened
a little on Saturday as it roared across the Caribbean on a course that
still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially
devastating winds and rain.… Continue reading

New Cuba talks may speed work of Tampa-based storm trackers

New Cuba talks may speed work of Tampa-based storm trackers
BY HOWARD ALTMAN
Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA – Storm trackers dash by plane from Tampa to measure the track and
intensity of tropical activity, but their work often is slowed by the
red tape required to fly over Cuba.

That may be changing with the normalization of relations between Cuba… Continue reading

Dozens injured as severe weather batters Cuba

Dozens injured as severe weather batters Cuba
A series of waterspouts move onshore, injuring at least 38 people and
causing significant damage to houses.

A clear-up operation is under way in Cuba after a series of powerful
waterspouts slammed into the country’s south coast, injuring dozens of
people and destroying several homes.

Waterspouts are tornadoes which move over water. They… Continue reading

Drought victims in eastern Cuba to receive aid from European Union

Drought victims in eastern Cuba to receive aid from European Union

Some 10,000 residents in nine municipalities in eastern Cuba affected by
a severe drought will soon get some relief.
EFE

Some 2,000 Cuban families affected by severe drought conditions in the
eastern part of the island since 2014 will soon get some relief in the
form of aid from… Continue reading

UA Researcher Studies Cuba’s Coastal Forests in Anticipation of Tourism Increase

UA Researcher Studies Cuba’s Coastal Forests in Anticipation of Tourism
Increase
May 3, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With the 1960 trade embargo on Cuba expected to be
weakened if not lifted – President Barack Obama called for the embargo’s
end at his final State of the Union address – the large Caribbean island
is preparing for an influx of American… Continue reading

Hurricane Joaquin expected to reach Cuba, Haiti and Domician Republic Friday

Hurricane Joaquin expected to reach Cuba, Haiti and Domician Republic Friday
Off-short storm could bring strong wind, rain to NH next week
UPDATED 11:54 PM EDT Oct 01, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. —Hurricane Joaquin continues to gain strength near the
Bahamas.

The Category 4 hurricane is expected to reach Cuba, Haiti and the
Dominican Republic on Friday.

On Thursday morning, the… Continue reading

Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic

Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic
Associated Press

Fred has strengthened to a hurricane as it approaches the Cape Verde
Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in West Miami-Dade says Fred’s
maximum sustained winds early Monday have increased to near 80 mph with
some additional strengthening possible.

Hurricane Fred is centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers)… Continue reading

Erika dissipates over eastern Cuba; heavy rain still possible for Florida

Erika dissipates over eastern Cuba; heavy rain still possible for Florida
By Brian McNoldy August 29 at 9:50 AM

Like a broken record, Erika is still very disorganized, and has still
not turned toward the northwest. Since a surface circulation could not
be found by aircraft reconnaissance — the latest best guess of a surface
center is now near the… Continue reading

An increasingly desperate Cuba turns to rainmaking

An increasingly desperate Cuba turns to rainmaking
By Marc Frank

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will begin a two-month cloud-seeding campaign
over the eastern part of the Caribbean island in hopes of easing the
worst drought in more than a century, Communist Party daily Granma said
on Friday.

A Russian Yak-40 aircraft will be ready for action beginning in
September, the… Continue reading

Tropical Storm Erika weakens as heads toward Cuba, but leaves 20 dead in eastern Caribbean

Tropical Storm Erika weakens as heads toward Cuba, but leaves 20 dead in
eastern Caribbean
Published August 29, 2015 Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Tropical Storm Erika was losing its
punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday,
but it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and
leaving another 31 missing… Continue reading

Resale of Water, A Lucrative Business

Resale of Water, A Lucrative Business / 14ymedio
Posted on August 10, 2015

14medio, Havana, 10 August 2015 – The drought in Guantanamo province has
triggered an illegal market in water. Residents of the province are
coming to pay between 300 and 500 Cuban pesos for the contents of a
water truck, a lucrative business for drivers of the so-called… Continue reading

Cuban reservoirs far below capacity amid drought

Cuban reservoirs far below capacity amid drought
Published July 22, 2015 EFE

The lack of rain during May and June in Cuba, normally the island’s
rainy season, has aggravated the dire situation caused by the drought,
where the country’s reservoirs are at a mere 37 percent of their capacity.

According to figures compiled by the National Water Resources Institute,
or… Continue reading

Drought affects over 1 mn people in Cuba

Drought affects over 1 mn people in Cuba
Published May 17, 2015 EFE

The intense drought in Cuba is affecting more than 1 million people, the
official Juventud Rebelde newspaper reported Sunday, citing specialists.

The situation is being classified as “critical” in Cuba, where rainfall
levels were insufficient in every region at the end of the
February-April period, Weather Institute… Continue reading

The water does not come to Santiago de Cuba

The water does not come to Santiago de Cuba / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta
Labrada
Posted on May 11, 2015

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Santiago de Cuba, 9 May 2015 – The
drought has become an undesirable comrade for the residents of Santiago
de Cuba. For years, the city has suffered low rainfall, deficiencies in
the water supply system, and an… Continue reading

Rain comes to Holguin after months of drought

Rain comes to Holguin after months of drought / 14ymedio, Fernando
Donate Ochoa
Posted on May 6, 2015

14ymedio, Fernando Donate Ochoa, Holguin, 2 May 2015 – The capital of
Holguin received one-and-a-half inches of rain this Friday after months
without rain. The city’s residents received the precipitation with hope
that the drought in the territory would be alleviated, but… Continue reading

Low pressure system over Cuba could intensify, bringing wind and rain

Low pressure system over Cuba could intensify, bringing wind and rain
Posted: May 05, 2015 12:38 AM
Updated: May 05, 2015 1:21 AM

LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) – The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November; however, forecasters say there is a 30 percent chance that a low pressure system over Cuba and the Straits of… Continue reading

Cuba storm kills 2, damages hundreds of homes

Cuba storm kills 2, damages hundreds of homes
Published Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:55AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, April 30, 2015 7:36PM EDT

HAVANA – Cuban officials say an intense storm has killed at least two
people and caused extensive damage in the country’s capital.
The Communist Party newspaper Granma says Wednesday’s storms damaged
more than 1,000 homes, as well… Continue reading

Floods replace oppressive heat in Cuba

Floods replace oppressive heat in Cuba
After recording near record highs, torrential downpours hit Havana as
weather system rolls across the Gulf of Mexico.
30 Apr 2015 11:21 GMT | Weather

Western Cuba has gone from oppressive heat to floods in a matter of days.
After many days of temperatures running up to 10C above average, cooler,
wetter weather rolled… Continue reading

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