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Colombia: Tornado: 1999/11 Country Information on DRR

Period 1999/11
Country or District Colombia
Event Type Tornado
Outline Hurricane Lenny battered the fragile islands of the northeast Caribbean with ferocious winds near 145 mph (230 kph) and monstrous waves that smashed fishing fleets and washed coastal homes into the sea. Lenny's torrential rains were responsible for at least seven deaths across the Caribbean Leeward islands.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No. 7 1999/11/30
Antigua: Primary and secondary roads have been washed out and one major bridge (linking north to south of the island) collapsed.
Barbuda: 65% of the island is under water.95% of agricultural industry has been destroyed.
AFP 1999/11/21
In Guadeloupe, Lenny left a total of 400 homeless, and forced 2,000 others to seek refuge in emergency shelters Saturday.
AFP 1999/11/16
Tides higher than normal caused most of the damage along Colombia's Caribbean coast, leaving at least 1,200 homes and many businesses flooded.
And the winds and rain brought by Lenny have caused extensive damage to crops.

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OCHA Situation Report No. 8 1999/12/03
Environmental damage - especially beach erosion, landslide and damage to trails has been extensive and is largely unquantified. Accurate estimates of such losses are probably not achievable in the short run.

OCHA Situation Report No. 7 1999/11/30
According to damage assessment missions carried out by national authorities and regional agencies damage to infrastructures such as ports, sea defenses and road networks has been severe.

OCHA Situation Report No. 6 1999/11/23
Assessment team comprised of persons with specialised technical skills to support the affected countries in translating impact assessments into reconstruction needs will be sent.

AFP 1999/11/21
Lenny left four people dead on the French islands of Guadeloupe and St. Martin, and two people who had been sailing were still missing Saturday.

Reuters 1999/11/19
Lenny weakened on Thursday to a strong Category Two on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, making it a moderate hurricane capable of damaging roofs, mobile homes and trees.

AFP 1999/11/19
Eastward moving hurricane Lenny, already blamed for three deaths, stalled south of St. Martin, pummeling the island's least protected areas with towering waves and driving rain.

OCHA Situation Report No. 5 1999/11/19
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph / 150 kmh with higher gusts. Those winds should still decrease during the coming hours.

Reuters 1999/11/18
More than 4,700 people were in shelters Wednesday, 80,000 were without electricity and 100,000 lacked safe drinking water, Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rossello said.

OCHA Situation Report No. 4 1999/11/18

Reuters 1999/11/17
Howling winds and torrential winds battered the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday as Hurricane Lenny, a storm capable of causing severe damage, steamed through the northeastern Caribbean with winds near 215 kph.

OCHA Situation Report No.3 1999/11/17
Hurricane Lenny has become a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir/Simpson Scale (5 being the highest rating).

AFP 1999/11/16
Hurricane Lenny continued moving eastward across the Caribbean, leaving one dead and nine missing in Colombia and beginning to threaten Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

OCHA Situation Report No.2 1999/11/16
Hurricane warning remains in effect for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

OCHA Situation Report No.1 1999/11/15
The National Hurricane Centre in Miami reports that Hurricane Lenny is likely to strengthen during the next 24 hours and to move mostly eastwardly. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph/160 kmh with higher gusts.

AFP 1999/11/15
Hurricane Lenny strengthened in the Caribbean Monday, heading for Jamaica and threatening a number of other islands.