Brace for active 2013 hurricane season, 18 storms named
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins on Saturday.
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Management Agency (CDEMA) is urging Caribbean people to be prepared for a very active season.
Noted hurricane forecasters Dr William Gray and Philip Klotzbach of the Colorado State University have predicted an above average season and have named 18 storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes to occur during the six month period.
The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in its forecast is predicting between 13-20 named storms, 6-11 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes.
CDEMA executive director Ronald Jackson said these predictions are well above the season averages.
“We are advocating that there be significant efforts taken to boost sector level, business, family and individual readiness, a message being promoted by the national authorities,” Jackson said.
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