St. Maarten Prime Minister: Maintain preparedness for busy 2011 hurricane season

POSTED: 09/7/11 1:35 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who heads the disaster management organization, is calling on the populace to continue to maintain a state of preparedness in order to be able to take action in an organized manner should the country be threatened by a hurricane. The warning comes as the hurricane season moves into what is commonly referred to as the Cape Verde season when there are increased numbers of tropical waves and low pressure systems coming off the coast of Western Africa near the Cape Verde islands. One such wave has developed into Tropical Depression 14 on Tuesday. There are chances the storm could develop further and be a tropical storm when it passes in the local region at the weekend.

On average, the seventh named storm doesn’t occur until September 16. The season has already seen 12 named storms so far. Also on average, the first hurricane of the season occurs on August 10. The accepted peak day of the hurricane season is September 10.
“I appeal to the nation, to check your homes and businesses, hurricane shutters, supplies of non-perishable foods and goods, and to trim trees from around your home or business. Do and maintain the necessary things that keep you prepared to take quick action when there is a storm or hurricane threat to our country. Remember, it only takes one. We are fully aware of the destruction that hurricanes can cause and we must always be prepared,” Wescot-Williams said on Tuesday.

The U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has also updated its forecast for the season calling for 14 – 19 named storms of which 7-10 could become hurricanes with 3 – 5 of those becoming major hurricanes – Category 3, 4 or 5.
The hurricane season runs through November 30. The remaining names for the season are Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.

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