June 01, is marked as the official beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which runs from June 01 to November 30 every year. Last year was a quite uneventful year in the Caribbean basin, but according to the weather forecasters 2010 will be the very opposite! The 2010 Hurricane season is predicted to be an extremely active season, not good news for us in the Caribbean especially Jamaican and Haiti which lies in the direct path of most Atlantic Hurricanes!
The weather forecasters have predicted that there will be 13 names storms, including 7 hurricanes, 3 of which will become hurricanes (Category 3 or higher). They seem to be on the right track so far as the first named storm for the North Pacific 2010 season Agatha, already created havoc in Guatemala just a few days ago. Judging from that it seems we in the Atlantic region will be in for a rough ride this year. This will no doubt have devastation effects on the already weakened economy of Jamaica if a hurricane should hit the island. However, the ones who will suffer the most from an active season and from a direct hit will be the disaster torn Haiti, as that would only mean more destruction and massive loss of lives.
Hopefully we will be spared the full brunt of a hurricane this season and get only the well needed rains associated with the excess moisture in the region. This wishful thinking, however, is negated by the ever increasing accuracy of hurricane predictions to date. The names of the hurricanes for the Atlantic Hurricane season are as follows:
So prepare yourself for a bumpy ride, familiarize yourself with hurricane preparedness steps and start budgeting for the eventualities. Here are some hurricane tips from the NOAA if you need to start getting yourself prepared: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/disaster_prevention.shtml. Stay safe through this active season my tropical dwelling neighbours.