Salomon urges caution ahead of hurricane season

POSTED: 05/29/12 1:09 PM

St. Maarten – Disaster Coordinator/Fire Chief Winston Salomon is calling on the St. Maarten community to be prepared for the hurricane season with three-days left to go before the start of the season. Salomon urges the community to make sure they have plans in place especially since the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season has already seen the birth of two tropical storms (Alberto, Beryl) even before the June 1 official start of the season. The second named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall after midnight on Monday in Florida bringing rain and gusts up to near hurricane force. Beryl was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday, but before that it brought heavy rain and outages as it hit the South-Eastern coast of the U.S.
Colorado State University hurricane team Phil Klotzbach and William Gray forecasted reduced activity for the hurricane season in early April. They predicted there would be 10 named storms, of which four will become hurricanes, and two of those will become major hurricanes with over 111 miles per hour winds.
The U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the parent body of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), has since issued their own forecasts. Last week Thursday they predicted a near-normal 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. This revised forecast has to do with conditions in the atmosphere and the ocean favoring a near-normal season that has nine to 15 named storms, of which four to eight can strengthen to become hurricanes, and one to three of those can become major hurricanes.
Based on the period 1981-2010, an average season produces 12 named storms with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
The remaining names of potential storms for the 2012 season are: Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.
The 2012 hurricane season officially runs through November 30.

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