Vincentians have been encouraged to prepare for any eventuality as the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season begins.
The encouragement came from Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in a radio address yesterday, to officially mark the start of the season.
Dr. Gonsalves noted that while predictions suggest a below average hurricane season, Persons must not be complacent.
Meanwhile … Dennis Feltgen of the National Hurricane Center in Miami has warned that there is no way of knowing what the true impact of the Hurricane season will be.
He says notwithstanding predictions of a “slow” season “it takes only one storm hitting your area for it to make it a bad year, regardless of the number of storms that are forecast in the seasonal outlook.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecast eight to 13 named storms and three to six hurricanes.
One or two of these could strengthen into a major storm, in what the US based agency is predicting to be near-normal or below-normal season.