HURRICANE - A hurricane is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum average wind speed near a centre or eye exceeds 74 mph or 119 Km/h.
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When the Winds Blow

When the Winds Blow also called “Ivan Roof Us Wet Us, Loot Us and Let Us” is a narrative by master Caribbean storyteller Paul Keens-Douglas who interviewed, interpreted, and re-told the story of the Grenada experience with Hurricane Ivan which devastated the island on September 7, 2004.

Lessons on disaster preparedness are integrated into this three-part narrative. The story is cast within a comedy genre but it is not comical as real life experiences are told in a riveting and captivating performance.

This project was implemented by CDEMA (formerly CDERA) in collaboration with the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Audio Titles

Download Link Part 1 - Preparing for Ivan

Download Link Part 2 - Ivan The Terrible

Download Link Part 3 - The Day After


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Hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June 1st to November 30th.
Tropical storms are given male and female names because this makes them easier to track. Before 1979 though, they only had female names.
A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph or higher.
Hurricanes are grouped into 5 categories according to their strength. Category 5 hurricanes are the strongest.
The “eye” is the centre of the hurricane and is the calmest part.
Slow moving hurricanes produce more rain and can cause more damage from flooding.
Putting tape on windows and glass will not stop them from breaking during a hurricane.
The word hurricane comes from the word Hurakan. Hurakan is the name of the Mayan god of wind and fire.