Officials urge residents to be on guard as hurricane season begins

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Officials urge residents to be on guard as hurricane season begins

Though scientists have predicted a below-average hurricane season, St. Lucians are being urged to be fully prepared for the season which begins today, June 1 and ends on November 30.

This year, Colorado State University scientists have predicted nine named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane.

In that regard, the St. Lucia Meteorological Service has called on residents and countries within the hurricane belt to closely monitor the weather, paying special attention to statements and warnings that may be issued by their national meteorological services.

The met office warns that high winds, heavy rains, storm surge, flooding and landslides are the usual hazards of the hurricane season.

“All families and communities should have a hurricane preparedness plan. Roofs, doors and shutters of homes should be secured and important documents and cards should be kept in water-tight containers,’ the met office is urging.

The current dry trend, which occurred between March and May, particularly in the north of the island, is expected to continue into the hurricane season, the met office said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released a list of 21 hurricanes and storms for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

The names are Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred.

 

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  1. Officials we cannot do anything about desilting the rivers and drains. Do your work and shut the hell up.

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  2. I hope all the gays, rapists, pedophiles get a good bolt of lightning especially the ones on their high horses

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  3. A critical component in minimizing the effects of such disasters is the desemination of timely information from such agencies as NEMO and the Met Office. If the trough and Tomas is any indication of their efficiency well, we are in for a rough season.

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