ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): London Underground employees are set to observe a work stoppage on 10 November 2022, following failed negotiations between the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and the operator Transport for London (TfL) regarding jobs, wages and working conditions. Union members employed by TfL are expected to participate in the labor strike, halting nearly all subway trains on London’s Tube lines. Commuters have been advised to avoid traveling on underground subway lines on 10 November. Trains on the London Overground are expected to operate as normal; however, schedule adjustments and delays could occur due to the strike. Further information as outlined by TfL can be viewed here.
Bahamas / United States (Security threat levels – 2 / 2): As of 0700 local time (1200 UTC) on 9 November 2022, Tropical Storm Nicole was located approximately 100 km (60 mi) east-northeast of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, and about 385 km east of West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, the storm was moving west-southwest at a speed of 20 kph (13 mph), with maximum sustained winds of 110 kph and higher gusts. On its current forecast track, Nicole will intensify to a Category 1 hurricane and move near or over northwestern Bahamas by midday before approaching the eastern coast of Florida. Nicole is then anticipated to make landfall north of West Palm Beach on the night of 9 November and move across central and northern Florida through 10 November before reaching South Carolina and North Carolina the following day.
In the United States, President Joe Biden approved emergency declarations for 34 counties in Florida to assist local officials with preparations for the storm. Orlando International Airport (KMCO/MCO) officials announced that flight operations at the facility will be halted as of 1600 local time on 9 November and resume once weather conditions improve. Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB/SFB) suspended operations on 8 November, while Melbourne Orlando International Airport (KMLB/MLB) is scheduled to shut down at 1400 local time on 9 November. The SunRail commuter system that serves the Orlando area is also suspending rail services on 9 November before the storm’s arrival. Further disruptions to airport operations and transportation services are likely in the region.
Nicole is forecast to produce 75-125 mm (3-5 in) of rain with isolated maximums of more than 200 mm in northwestern Bahamas, as well as in eastern, central and northern areas of the Florida Peninsula. Additionally, 50-100 mm of rain is expected in the southern and central Appalachians, western Mid-Atlantic and eastern portions of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Flash flooding is likely across the Florida Peninsula through 10 November. In addition, tornadoes remain a possibility through 10 November in eastern Florida, southeastern Georgia and southern South Carolina. Storm-generated swells are likely to result in hazardous surf and riptide conditions in northwestern Bahamas, and along Florida’s eastern coast and other coastal areas of the southeastern U.S.
A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect in northwestern Bahamas for Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini and Grand Bahama Island, as well as from Florida’s Boca Raton to the Flagler-Volusia County border. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Andros Island, New Providence and Eleuthera in northwestern Bahamas, as well as from Florida’s Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton, from the Flagler-Volusia County border to South Carolina’s South Santee River, from north of Florida’s Bonita Beach to Indian Pass and for Lake Okeechobee. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from North Palm Beach to Georgia’s Altamaha Sound and from the mouth of St. Johns River to Georgetown, Florida. A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Hallandale Beach to Boca Raton and for Lake Okeechobee, while a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from south of Hallandale Beach to north of Ocean Reef, Florida. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from south of North Palm Beach to Hallandale Beach, from Altamaha Sound to South Santee River and from Florida’s Anclote River to Indian Pass.
France (Security threat level – 3): On 8 November 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Paris issued an alert, which reads in part as follows: “A wide-scale transit strike has been announced for Thursday, November 10, for Paris-area public transportation. The strike will begin at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday November 9 and extend through 7:00 a.m. on November 11. The Paris public transportation agency has announced that Metro (subway) trains and suburban RER trains will be “very profoundly disrupted”, meaning extremely limited to no service. Buses and trams will be “disrupted”, meaning reduced service. This includes train and bus service between Paris and Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. Individual stations may be closed due to demonstrations. At this time, long distance and international train service, including TGV trains, is not expected to be significantly disrupted, but some disruptions and local demonstrations are possible.”
Greece (Security threat level – 2): On 8 November 2022, the U.S. Mission in Greece issued an alert, which reads in part as follows: “Public sector and private sector employees announced a 24-hour Panhellenic General Strike for November 9, 2022.
“In Athens, demonstrations related to the strike are scheduled at the Propylaia (Athens Center) at 10:30am, in Klafthmonos Square at 11:00am, and in Piraeus in Karaiskaki Square at 11:00am. In Thessaloniki, demonstrations are planned at the Arch of Galerius (Kamara) at 10:00am, at the Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos at 10:30am, and at the Labor Center at 10:30am. Additional demonstrations are expected to take place throughout Greece during the day.
“The following strikes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 2022 (12:00am to 11:59pm), unless otherwise noted:
“Other organizations may decide to join the 24-hour Panhellenic General Strike for November 9, 2022 without prior warning. Please monitor www.apergia.gr for last minute strike notifications.”
Trinidad and Tobago (Security threat level – 3): On 8 November 2022, the U.S. Department of State upgraded its Travel Advisory for Trinidad and Tobago from “Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution” to “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” due to crime. The rest of the advisory reads in part as follows: “Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to terrorism and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk.
“U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to the following areas in Port of Spain: Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queens’ Park Savannah. After dark, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to downtown Port of Spain, Fort George overlook, and all beaches. Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Port of Spain.
“Violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault, sexual assault, home invasion, and kidnapping, is common. Gang activity, such as narcotics trafficking, is common. A significant portion of violent crime is gang-related.”