Hurricane Season Officially Starts Today

first_img Tweet Share 23 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Hurricane Season Officially Starts Today by: – June 1, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: luxurytravel-destinations.comToday (June 1) marks the official start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.However, the season has already gotten off to a quick start with Tropical Storms Alberto and Beryl which were formed in the month of May. This is the first time since 1908 that two Tropical Storms have developed before June 1. Tropical Storm Beryl which made landfall near Jacksonville Beach, Florida early on May 28 was the strongest pre-June Tropical Cyclone to make landfall in the United States.This year is expected to be a near Average year with according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 9 -15 Named Storms, 4 – 8 Hurricanes and 1 – 3 of those possibly becoming Intense Hurricanes of Categories 3 to 5.The names for 2012 are Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.Although this season isn’t expected to be as busy as last year’s above-average season island residents especially those on the coast should start stocking up on hurricane supplies, forming evacuation plans and generally preparing adequately.“There is still going to be a lot of activity. So just because we’re predicting a near normal season doesn’t mean anybody’s off the hook at all,” says one of the lead seasonal forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Dominicans are therefore being urged to continue all preparedness activities, ensure they are in a safe shelter whenever a storm is announced, move away from coastal and other vulnerable areas and have on hand emergency supplies as advised by Disaster Management Officials. By:Cecil P. ShillingfordDisaster Risk Management Correspondentlast_img read more