With the official start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season just days away, the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services is urging residents here and interests in the region to be prepared.
Director of the Meteorological Services, Andre Joyeux, said in a video statement Friday that all should also prepare every hurricane season.
He encouraged residents to consistently follow regional weather developments.
And he also urged his listeners to pay particular attention to local weather reports issued by his office.
In this regard, Joyeux said the National Emergency Management Organisaiton (NEMO) will also be issuing information.
He recalled that so far, there has been one off-season, short lived sub-tropical storm.
Ana formed over the Western Caribbean sea on May 22.
But forecasters predict above normal tropical cyclone activity in the region this year.
“This will be the sixth consecutive year with predicted above normal activity,” Joyeux observed.
He noted that the Colorado State University in their April 2021 forecast anticipated 17 named storms, of which eight will develop into hurricanes.
The University anticipated that four will attain major hurricane status.
On the other hand, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has predicted a seventy percent probability of above normal cyclone activity this year.
NOAA expects 13 to 20 named storms to form, of which six to ten will become hurricanes including 3 to five major ones.
Nevertheless, Joyeux says regardless of the predictions, the Meteorological Services here advises that residents and interests here should exercise due diligence.
The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1.
And it will end on November 30.
Headline photo: Andre Joyeux