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'2019 Hurricane Season ended incident-free for VI'- Premier Fahie

- expressed gratitude for support & warns that 2020 season is just 6 months away
With a stark reminder that the 2020 Hurricane Season is just 6 months away, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) expressed gratitude that 2019 season officially ended incident-free for the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO/File
During Hurricane Dorian, flooding was reported in Port Purcell, Tortola amongst other areas and buildings damaged include the One-Stop Mall owned by Patsy C. Lake. Photo: Team of Reporters
During Hurricane Dorian, flooding was reported in Port Purcell, Tortola amongst other areas and buildings damaged include the One-Stop Mall owned by Patsy C. Lake. Photo: Team of Reporters
An area of the Bahamas damaged by Hurricane Dorian. Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said what happened in the Bahamas is a powerful example of climate change. Photo: Internet Source
An area of the Bahamas damaged by Hurricane Dorian. Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said what happened in the Bahamas is a powerful example of climate change. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With a stark reminder that the 2020 Hurricane Season is just 6 months away, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) expressed gratitude that 2019 season officially ended incident-free for the Virgin Islands (VI).

Premier Fahie in a social media statement released today, November 30, 2019, said, "I am immensely grateful for the support of many teams in the Ministries, Departments, and Statutory Bodies of Government for performing superbly, you are too numerous to mention. You worked together to ensure that activities were well coordinated to help us as a Territory to get ready and stay ready," 

Everyone played a part - Premier 

"I am so grateful for your commitment and for your due diligence to minimise any possible impacts. Selflessly during the storms, you left the safety of your homes and the comfort of your loved ones to attend to duties for the benefit of the public. For this, the Territory says thank you. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do," Premier Fahie said. 

In expressing gratitude to the Private sector for playing their part to support the Territory’s overall readiness, he said the Government could not prepare the Territory alone, hence, all hands on deck indeed made a significant difference.

Premier Fahie also expressed gratitude to legislators in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) and to His Excellency the Governor Mr Augustus J. U Jaspert and his Office for partnering with the Government during the hurricane season. 

He noted that as the territory looks forward to the future, recent trends with respect to weather activity, and in particular hurricane activity, are cause for serious concern.

More violent storms 

"We are seeing more violent and destructive storms that deviate from the forecast models. Their behaviour is off the charts, and the prediction of their tracks is not as reliable as it used to be," Hon Fahie noted. 

Turning attention to Hurricane Dorian, he said its behaviour and how it decimated the Bahamas is a powerful example of climate change and what the future could hold.

"It brings into clear focus the danger that is at the doorstep of Small Island States like the BVI with respect to climate change and other environmental issues," Hon Fahie underscored in noting that the government will take steps to protect the future of the territory.

13 Responses to “'2019 Hurricane Season ended incident-free for VI'- Premier Fahie ”

  • Sam (30/11/2019, 13:06) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    When you look at what happened in the Bahamas we really have to thank God for his mercies.
  • Wonder (30/11/2019, 14:57) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good is good, what happened to the Bahamas could have happened to the Virgin Islands.
  • Yessah (30/11/2019, 16:14) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Blessings fall from his right hand.
  • opposition (30/11/2019, 18:28) Like (13) Dislike (17) Reply
    The VIP causing more damage right now than the hurricanes would've caused
    • @ opposition (01/12/2019, 01:25) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      Boss go from here with that coco may may...funny man could blog from now to jusus comes he not getting back in
  • Peaches (30/11/2019, 18:58) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    God is so good that a lot us forgot what happened with Hurricane Irma. Instead, some of us gone back to our stinking, nasty, dutty, jealous, evil minded ways!
  • one eye (30/11/2019, 19:06) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    The great jah loves the bvi especially one vip is in
  • lost (30/11/2019, 21:52) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you Jesus for blessing us with an incident free hurricane season. Last week Friday was a beautiful day, however no one seem to care but a few private schools that it was Arbour Day in the BVI. This was a day which I remembered going to primary school where each child would be given a plant to bring to school and was planted on that day, instead most school here in the BVI were too busy focusing on dress up day while other school had some croc day and Black Friday Sales. We can celebrate everybody else's customs and cultures except our own, this little place is going to the dogs.
  • E. Leonard (01/12/2019, 00:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VI, along with other Small Island Developing States, contributions to climate change may be small relative to large developed countries but they are in the forefront of the adverse impacts of climate change, ie, monster hurricanes Irma, Maria, Dorian........etc. Hurricanes are occurring more frequently and are more severe. Though the BVI may been spared this year, it cannot let its guard down; it must prepare and stay in high state of readiness; it is not too early to prepare for the 2020 season. The BVI must continue with its pre-disaster mitigation action(s) to protect life, yo prevent/minimize damage to property, infrastructure and the economy, to prevent/minimize disruption to business and government operations, to avoid repeat damages.......etc.
  • Teacher (01/12/2019, 01:23) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    The gods love the Vip
  • Quiet Rebel (01/12/2019, 10:00) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    To God be His glory; we are thankful for His grace and mercy for sparring the VI this year from another calamitous and catastrophic hurricane season. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bahamas and other places that were beat down by hurricanes this year. Prior to hurricanes Irma and Maria, two monster storms, roaring ashore with a vengeance in September 2017, the VI was not directly hit by a major hurricane in decades.

    The two monster storms unleashed their fury on the VI and its 30,000 plus residents, causing approximately $3.6B in physical damagea, killing directly about 4 people with tens more post deaths attributed to the storms. For the most part, there was a high level of complacency before the devastating storms. Many have rebuilt, albeit some in like kind.Some of us got the message, the warning and some are drifting back to olde behaviour and attitude.

    We are still as selfish, disrespectful, brutish, greedy.......etc as ever. Here is a new flash to my fellow residents. Climate change and its impact are real. Temperatures are rising, sea levels are rising, more frequent and stronger hurricanes are occurring, higher storm surges occurring, more floods occurring ......etc. as developed countries continue to pump green house gases into the atmosphere. We can take heed to warnings and prepare or we can suffer the consequences. We can ride or die.


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