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U.S. – Hurricane Michael kills 17, death toll expected to rise

Rescuers are picking their way through devastated areas of north-west Florida, in the United States (U.S.), amid fears that the death toll from Hurricane Michael will rise. The hurricane, one of the most powerful in US history, struck on Wednesday with winds of up to 155 miles per hour. According to officials, at least 17 […]

Outpatient clinics at QEH cancelled for tomorrow

The public is advised that all Outpatient Clinics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) will be cancelled tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, due to the approach of Tropical Storm Kirk. Every effort will be made to reschedule appointments for patients affected by this cancellation in the soonest possible time. The Board of Management sincerely apologizes for […]

Patients to be relocated due to expected bad weather

Patients at the St Lucy District Hospital and residents of the Elayne Scantlebury Centre, River Bay, St Lucy, will be relocated today, due to the expected passage of Tropical Storm Kirk tomorrow. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that because of the possibility of flooding, patients at the hospital are being transferred to […]

Two-vehicle smash up at Graeme Hall

Police, ambulance and fire officials are on the scene of a serious accident involving two motor vehicles. Details are still sketchy. However Barbados TODAY understands that the driver of the black Toyota Tercel had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance after colliding with a white Ford Pathfinder. The accident occurred sometime after 9 p.m just off […]

Shoppers rush to the City for storm supplies

Barbadians rushed to the City today to do their last minute shopping in preparation for expected bad weather late tonight. There was hardly any walking space in some supermarkets and stores as locals stocked up on emergency supplies. Store managers and supervisors told Barbados TODAY that bottled water, torchlights, canned food and portable radios were […]

Batten down!

Barbadians were today battening down for the possible onslaught of a tropical storm. This as forecasters at the Barbados Meteorological Services continued to track the course of a developing tropical storm. Up to 8 p.m., the system, which was located about 250 miles to the east of Barbados and was moving westward to west-northwestward at 15 […]

Family has lucky escape from raging fire

New Orleans, St Michael resident Diana Stuart can count herself lucky, even as she ponders her next move after fire destroyed her timber and wall home early Saturday morning. Stuart said she and her family lost everything in the fire and had no idea how she would rise from the ashes. But the situation could […]

Fire damages Coverley home

A Christ Church businesswoman is giving thanks that she did suffer total loss from Tuesday morning’s fire which affected her two-storey home at Coverley, Christ Church. The blaze of unknown origin caused damage to the top floor of the unfinished wall structure, which is owned by Peggy Scott, who has acknowledged that the outcome could have […]

Air Canada scare well handled, says Griffith

The Government agency charged with maintaining and promoting Barbados’ brand as a tourism destination has given two thumbs up to emergency services officials for their handling of this week’s scare aboard an Air Canada flight. Police, fire and medical personnel were called in anticipation of flight #AC1966 after a passenger had reportedly caused a disturbance […]

Hit-and-run driver questioned by cops

The driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in Speightstown, St Peter this morning, which left a schoolgirl injured, has turned himself in. Police this evening released few details about the driver, except to state that he had presented himself to the District E Police Station and was being questioned. The man’s name or age was […]

‘He's not dead’

The family of a motorcyclist of Westmoreland, St James who collided with a minibus on Monday is making it clear that rumours of his death are both greatly exaggerated and deeply disturbing. Nigel Small is currently warded at the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in stable condition following Monday’s accident. […]

Fear in the air

Over 100 passengers onboard an Air Canada flight to Barbados are breathing a collective sign of relief tonight after a male passenger’s mutterings turned out to be nothing more than several idle threats. However, the 66-year-old passenger had to be restrained before he was handed over to police on arrival at the Grantley Adams International […]

Update – Accident in St John

At least five people were injured in an accident in Stewart’s Hill, St John this evening. The incident occurred when a Transport Board bus and a motor car collided. The injured were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.

Unnatural death off Weston, St James

A 54-year-old St James man is this country’s latest sea fatality. According to police, Leroy Thompson, of Weston, lost his life after being hit by a speedboat around 10 45 this morning. Thompson was reportedly spearfishing in an area known as Reed’s Bay, off Weston, St James when the incident occurred. He was pronounced dead on […]

Fire in Tudor Street

Major disaster was averted in the City early this afternoon after fire broke out in a three- storey building on Tudor Street. There were no reports of injuries. However, a store was damaged, mostly on the inside by the blaze, which occurred around 12:15 p.m. The building houses several other businesses. In all, nine fire […]

New storm forecast released

As the 2015 Atlantic season got off to a quiet start yesterday, Acting Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) Kerry Hinds urged residents to be prepared despite predictions of below normal activity. She made the call this morning during the DEM’s annual press conference to mark the start of Hurricane Awareness Month, being […]

Jackson: Airlift a concern for regional agency

Airlift remains the major headache for officials of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) responding to emergencies in the region. Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson, voiced this concern today while addressing members of the press at the Baobab Towers, Warrens, St Michael. While noting that there are resources in different locations within the […]