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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 Nature’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.

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