The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season officially starts today.
Forecasters have predicated an active season with five to nine possible hurricane and 11 to 17 named tropical storms like to develop in the region.
The St Lucia Met Service says regardless of the predictions, Saint Lucians should exercise due diligence in their planning and preparation for the 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 organization said in a statement.
Authorities say pre-season rainfall over Saint Lucia this year has generally been near normal with this trend likely to continue into July.
Rainfall thereafter is expected to be normal to below normal.
In spite of this projection, they say, heavy rainfall episodes are an expected feature of the rainy season and the occurrence of flooding and landslides remain a major concern.
There has already been one named storm in the Atlantic, with Tropical Storm Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed over the eastern Atlantic in April.
The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services says it will use all available communication channels to transmit timely information to the Saint Lucian populace.
The hurricane season ends November 30.