We have to remember that the hurricane season is still very much with us and that we are certainly moving into a time when it is becoming more likely (according to history) that the tropical storms might pass our way.
Many of the more destructive systems appear to wait until September to start their charge on this area of the Caribbean.
And Even though we have been very fortunate over the last few years, no one would want to suggest that the islands in the Windward chain are bound to escape Mother Natureâ€™s wrath for another year.
There were 16 named tropical storms in the Atlantic last year, including Arthur, which killed five people and caused $78 million in damages on Belize and Hurricane Paloma, the second-most intense hurricane ever recorded in November, Category 4.
Eight Atlantic hurricanes and storms caused an estimated $41 billion in damages and left hundreds dead, more than 800 in Haiti alone.
From now until November, none of these are names which the people of the OECS will want to get too acquainted with – Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda.
The best site to check for hurricanes: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ – National Hurricane Center of NOAA
Perfect timing. Just received this email this morning…there is a depression in the Atlantic.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWO SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER 1
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022009
600 AM AST TUE AUG 11 2009
…SECOND TROPICAL DEPRESSION OF THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT A TROPICAL DEPRESSION HAS FORMED OVER
THE FAR EASTERN TROPICAL ATLANTIC.
AT 600 AM AST…1000 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION TWO WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 14.4 NORTH…LONGITUDE 28.6 WEST OR ABOUT 280
MILES…455 KM…WEST OF THE SOUTHERNMOST CAPE VERDE ISLANDS.
THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 13 MPH…20
KM/HR…AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 30 MPH…45 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST…AND THE DEPRESSION COULD
BECOME A TROPICAL STORM WITHIN A DAY OR TWO.
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1006 MB…29.71 INCHES.
…SUMMARY OF 600 AM AST INFORMATION…
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…30 MPH
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WEST OR 270 DEGREES AT 13 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
1100 AM AST.
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National Hurricane Center
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