PRESS RELEASE: Names released for 2017 Atlantic hurricane season

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hurricane-earl-mondayx-largeThe hurricane season for our region which covers the North Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico starts tomorrow, Thursday 01 June 2017.

So far, this year we have had one off-season, short lived tropical storm, Arlene, which developed over the subtropical Atlantic Ocean on the twentieth of April.

Predictions from the major hurricane season forecasting centers vary from slightly below normal to slightly above normal tropical cyclone activity in our region this year.

  • The Colorado State University team in their April 2017 forecast anticipate that there will be eleven (11) named storms, of which four (4) will develop into hurricanes with two (2) attaining major hurricane status.
  • The NOAA Climate Prediction Center scientists on 25 May 2017 predicted a forty-five (45) per cent probability of above normal cyclone activity this year. They are expecting the formation of eleven (11) to seventeen (17) named storms of which five (5) to nine (9) will become hurricanes including two (2) to four (4) major hurricanes.

Regardless of the pre-season predictions, the Saint Lucia Met Services advises all Saint Lucian residents and interests in our region to exercise due diligence in their planning and preparation for this year’s season and for that matter every hurricane season.

We encourage you to consistently follow regional weather developments and to pay particular attention to local weather reports, advisories and bulletins issued by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) will also be issuing important directives and information which you are strongly advised to heed.

Pre-season rainfall over Saint Lucia this year has generally been near normal and this trend is likely to continue into July. Rainfall thereafter is expected to be normal to below normal.  In spite of this projection, note that heavy rainfall episodes are an expected feature of our rainy season and the occurrence of flooding and landslides remain a major concern.

The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services will as usual be utilizing all available communication channels, including local and social media, to transmit timely information to the Saint Lucian populace and other interested parties. Feedback on our performance is welcome, especially after the occurrence of weather related hazards.

The hurricane season ends on 30 November 2017.

See names of the predicted storms for the 2017 season below:



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  1. I not seeing my name deh and am vex

  2. How did a talk about the hurricane season turn into politics ?

  3. I hope the strong winds likewhat we had before the election destroy the rest of the red devels that were hiding between rocks

  4. Oh my people of St lucia lets pray for st lucia because we dont know what to expect in this season so lets lift up each other in prayers the prime minister and the world at large we pray that god will take control in the hurricane season keep each one of us safe lets forget about slp uwp and pray for every one in times of crisis we are going to be one because we. Need each other lets pray that our children when they live our home in the season that they will return homesafe

  5. The hurricane season is a serious issue. Let us keep the topic on track. For once let us be united on such serious issue.

  6. They missed all three? How come they missed those? He-Lies, Khenie and Pyhp.

    • After 15 years in office the most significant result of these three SLP hurricanes would be the wave upon wave of mindless no-conscience criminals roaming the streets and neighbourhoods around the ghettos. We have the Bruce Villes and the Grave Yards. The name Grave Yard itself speaks volumes. You have to be just another dumb-ass SLP supporter not to understand its meaning and its significance.

  7. And we experince hurricane Chastnet and storm Guy in st luica

    • Hurricanes & storms are inevitable, so deal with it!!!

    • One thing i know is that sometimes we destroy to build. You SLP are so fearful of the Prime Minister.

      • Their drug-induced brains only can be satisfied with drugs and not wisdom. For those not on drugs their pea brains can only repeat dumb things as en rouge at rallies. For jobs it is STEP. Half a population of pure idiots.


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