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Caribbean: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Dean

August 16, 2007

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 – 9:30 a.m.

As you may be aware, the Atlantic Hurricane Season is beginning to get into stride. Tropical Storm Dean has formed in the Atlantic and is headed towards the islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Projections are that Dean will be a hurricane by the time it reaches the islands, and possibly a major hurricane. At the moment it looks like the French island of Martinique will take the brunt of Dean but these storms are very difficult to predict and a slight wobble could see another island nation under the gun. Our Caribbean island nations have fragile economies dependent on tourism and so a major storm poses significant threats to the economy as well as to societal infrastructure.

Please pray with us as this threat approaches. An increase in the winds in the upper atmosphere would kill this storm. The forecast is for decreasing winds in the upper atmosphere. Dry air could also weaken the storm significantly. These are the things we need to pray about.

As the storm approaches the islands it will be going over warmer water that fuels wind speeds within the storm. As it passes through the islands and enters the Caribbean Sea the waters are even warmer and the storm could strengthen.

Blessings,

Gerry Seale

Rev. Gerald A. Seale, DD,General Secretary and CEO,Evangelical Association of the Caribbean,41 Excel Road, Elizabeth Park, Christ Church BB15092, Barbados,Tel/Fax: 1-246-427-9746

Web Site: www.caribbeanevangelical.org

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