Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Sint Maarten warns citizens hurricane season at its peak

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has proven to be a busy one so far.  

Once again, an appeal has been made to the community of Sint Maarten to be prepared as the country is now in the peak period of the season.  

Sint Maarten’s Fire Chief and National Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson made the appeal earlier this week.  

Citizens have been asked to continue to remain vigilant and monitor daily weather reports from the Meteorological Department of St Maarten (MDS): www.meteosxm.com 

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An average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.  

The 2020 season is like no other and has already seen the 15th named storm form. 

According to forecasters, the 15th named storm like the other storms with letters C, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, and O, have all formed ahead of the other storms on record.  

There are only six names left in the English alphabet this year for storm names.  

The World Meteorological Organization will transition to the Greek alphabet which was also the case in 2005 if all names are used up. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US Department of Commerce – National Hurricane Center (NHC) falls under the NOAA – most recent upgraded outlook calls for up to 25-named storms, of which seven to 11 will become hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes of Category 3 or more. 

The remaining storm names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season are Paulette, René, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, and Wilfred. 

Richardson is calling on the community to use the time now to re-check storm preparations and to be prepared for the remaining months of the 2020 hurricane season. 

He adds there is no time to become complacent.  

Every household and business operation have a personal responsibility to make sure they are storm ready by cleaning-up yards and surroundings of any debris that could blow away in the event of a storm/hurricane. 

Mariners who are seeking shelter in the Simpson Bay Lagoon or Oyster Pond should also make plans to stay with friends or at a hotel once they have secured their vessel in a timely manner rather than staying on-board the vessel to ride out the passing of a storm. 


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