#AceDailyNews says State of Emergency for one month in place as ‘Tropical Storm #Grace’ could impact Haiti region by Tuesday next week bringing more chaos CNN’s Aya Elamroussi and Haley Brink reports ….
Grace became the seventh named storm of the season on Saturday. Earlier a tropical depression, Grace strengthened to tropical storm status about 400 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.
On the current forecast track, the center of Grace is expected to move over the Leeward Islands Saturday night, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday and the Dominican Republic on Monday. 17 min ago
USGS predicts “high casualties” are probable and disaster is likely widespread after earthquake near Haiti
The US Geological Survey is estimating “high casualties” and widespread disaster in Haiti following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake Saturday morning.
“High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” according to the USGS.
Estimated economic losses are 0 to 3% GDP of Haiti, according to the USGS.
BBC News: Haiti: Many deaths feared after major 7.2-magnitude earthquake
A deadly earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The 7.2-magnitude quake hit the west of the country on Saturday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Images on social media showed buildings reduced to rubble: The prime minister said it had caused “several” deaths and “enormous damage”, though the exact toll remains unclear. Haiti is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people. The epicentre of Saturday’s earthquake was about 12km (7.5 miles) from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud.The tremor was felt in the densely-populated capital of Port-au-Prince, some 125km away, and in neighbouring countries. “Lots of homes are destroyed, people are dead and some are at the hospital,” Christella Saint Hilaire, who lives near the epicentre, told AFP news agency. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he had mobilised a team to work on the relief effort, and sent condolences to those affected. The USGS earlier warned that the earthquake could result in thousands of fatalities and injuries. Frantz Duval, editor-in-chief of Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, tweeted that two hotels were among the buildings destroyed in the town of Les Cayes. He said the local hospital was overwhelmed. “Slowly, strongly and for very long seconds the earth shook in Haiti on 14 August, 2021 around 8:30 am,” he wrote. Photos shared on social media showed damaged buildings and piles of rubble after the quake. Naomi Verneus, a 34-year-old resident of the capital Port-au-Prince, told the Associated Press news agency she was woken up by the earthquake and that her bed was shaking.
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