Saint Lucia authorities have urged citizens to exercise due diligence as this year’s Atlantic hurricane season officially started Saturday.
The Island’s Meteorological Services says regardless of the pre-season predictions, all Saint Lucian residents and interests in the region should exercise due diligence in their planning and preparation for this, and every hurricane season.
“The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) will also be issuing important instructions and information which you are strongly advised to follow,” the agency announced.
According to the Met Services, predictions from the major hurricane season forecasting agencies agree that near normal tropical cyclone activity is expected in the region this year.
It noted that the Colorado State University team in their April 4 forecast, predicted that there will be thirteen named storms, of which five will develop into hurricanes, and with two attaining major hurricane status.
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center scientists on May 23, predicted a 45 percent probability of near normal cyclone activity this year, the Met Services explained in a press release.
So far this year, one off-season, short lived, subtropical storm Andrea developed a few hundred miles southwest of Bermuda on May 20.
It marked the fifth consecutive year with a named storm in the Atlantic basin before the official start of the season.
The official season lasts from June 1 until November 30.