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Met office endorses hurricane forecast for above-normal season

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 6:12 PM

The Meteorological Service Division has endorsed the forecast of the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an above-normal 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season.

It says most of this activity is predicted to occur during the peak months of the hurricane season, which are August, September and October.

Specifically, the outlook calls for a 70 per cent probability for 11-17 Named Storms, to produce five to nine Hurricanes and two to four Major Hurricanes.

The Met Office notes that the outlook does not provide a prediction of the number of storms expected to make landfall over Jamaica nor any impact for any particular location on the island.

The Met Office says the outlook will be updated in early-August, before the peak of the season.

The Atlantic Hurricane season starts today, and the Met Office is advising residents to prepare for each hurricane season regardless of the seasonal forecast.