The 2015 Hurricane Season begins today with experts predicting a little over a dozen storms forming this year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2015 hurricane outlook, released last week, predicts a 70% likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms, 3 to 6 hurricanes and zero to two major hurricanes.
An average Atlantic season as defined by the NOAA has 12 named tropical storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
In the meantime, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Management Authority, CDEMA, Ronald Jackson says despite predictions of a below average hurricane season, he is urging against complacency.
Mr. Jackson who was speaking ahead of today’s start of the 2015 hurricane season, at CDEMA headquarters, in Barbados, says it only takes one weather system to cause millions of dollars in damage.
And the Office of Disaster and Preparedness Management, ODPEM, says Jamaica is in a state of readiness for the 2015 hurricane season. ODPEM Director General Major Clive Davis says based on a report he received from the local authorities, preparations are well in placed. He noted that Jamaicans have recognised that hurricane preparedness begins before the season starts.