The Director of Meteorological Services, Venantius Descartes, has said that although Saint Lucia was relatively spared during the official 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, citizens should pay close attention to the post season outlook which may pose several threats.
Descartes has encouraged Saint Lucians to continue monitoring weather reports, remain vigilant and keep disaster preparedness as a priority, according to the Government Information Service (GIS).
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially came to a close on Friday November 30.
The GIS reported that the season will be remembered for Hurricanes Florence and Micheal.
It reported that although Saint Lucia was spared the brunt of tropical storms there were several noteworthy events and important lessons.
The largest impact was inflicted by Tropical Storm Kirk which caused 80% losses in the banana and plantain crops in the Agriculture Sector, the GIS disclosed in a news release.
The release observed that Officials also registered minimal infrastructural damage and disruptions in electricity and telecommunication services.
“The 2018 season was the third in a consecutive series of above-average and damaging Atlantic hurricane seasons, featuring 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes,” it reported.
The GIS quoted the Director of Meteorological Services as saying that the government has and continues to invest in developing the island`s capacity in metrology.
Descartes revealed that work is currently being done to improve the island`s early warning systems, thereby reducing the risks associated with Climate Change.