Above Average Hurricane Season Predicted for 2013
Dominicans are being warned to ensure they take all weather advisories serious, as the 2013 Hurricane Season has been predicted to be above average.
This was a serious message came from Mr. Cecil Shillingford – former National Disaster Coordinator for Dominica.
He made the statement following a report where Professor Emeritus Dr. William Gray and Dr. Phillip Klotzbach predicted another above average Hurricane Season.
This year’s forecast is for 18 named storms of which 9 are expected to be Hurricanes and 4 being major hurricanes of categories 3, 4, or 5.
Mr. Shillingford says persons who live along the coast line, should take all necessary precautions to be prepared against storm surges which can be very dangerous, as the passage of Hurricane Lenny a few years ago demonstrated.
Doctor Gray and Doctor Klotzbach noted, there is a probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the U. S Coastline, and in the Caribbean.
They reminded coastline residents that, it only takes one Hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them.
Mr. Shillingford said, Dominicans should follow the instructions given by the Meteorological Office to protect themselves, and they should not be complacent if a Hurricane does not make landfall.
This is because any of the secondary effects of a Storm or Hurricane can significantly affect the country.
He mentioned, a normal Hurricane Season would include twelve named storms, six hurricanes – where three could be intense.
It has been observed for the last few years, that the Caribbean has been faced with above average Hurricane Seasons, with 18 to 20 named storms.
The former National Disaster Coordinator said what worries them is the fact that, Dominicans do not take the advisories of the Meteorological Office seriously, which needs to stop.
He added, we all need to do all in our power to ensure that, history does not repeat itself when weather advisories were not taken seriously, resulting in the loss of life and infrastructural damage.
The better prepared we are, the more effective we are in reducing the negative effects of these events.