While it’s still too early to tell the effects on the islands reservoirs, the rain that fell on Saturday and Sunday resulting from the remnants of tropical storm Erika, coming from the east, and a storm in the southeast of the Gulf of Mexico, brought some much needed relief to the island, noted Granma daily on Monday.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami informed at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday that Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated off the eastern coast of Cuba. The remnants of Erika still pack maximum sustained 35 mph winds and considerable rainfall expected.
The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) issued a statement on Friday insisting that the return to Cuba of the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay “should be an important element” in the dialogue opened between Washington and Havana.
The center of Tropical Storm Erika altered its route slightly on Friday and is now expected to reach land in Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba or Granma province by sometime Saturday morning.
Cuba has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for several central and eastern provinces (Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin and Guantanamo), notes the latest report from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on TS Erika, issued at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) on Friday.
Tropical Storm Erika remains relatively stable with 50 mph winds as it reaches the Dominican Republic on Friday morning. The effect of the storm’s center with land will determine its future intensity and course.
In Guatemala, a judge has ordered that former Vice President Roxana Baldetti must remain in prison while her corruption trial takes place. The ruling comes on the heels of the Guatemalan Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to lift the immunity from prosecution for President Otto Pérez Molina, clearing the way for his impeachment.
There are currently favorable conditions over western Cuba for moderate convection and the occurrence of showers and thunderstorms. High temperatures are expected between 32 and 33° C (90 and 91 F) and the lows will range around 25° C (77 F).
The latest projection cone from the National Hurricane Center in Miami shows Cuba off the path of tropical storm Erika, which is currently moving in the eastern Caribbean.
A photo showing the dry bed of Cuba’s second largest river drove home just how chillingly severe our drought has become, to the point that I began to hope a tropical storm would come our way.