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Another active 2018 hurricane season on the way!

Director of the Department for Disaster Management (DDM), Ms Sharleen S. DaBreo is warning, residents, visitors and the public to pay close attention to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane predictions and to 'Be Ready and Stay Ready' come June 1, 2018. Photo: VINO
The aftermath of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
The aftermath of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017. Photo: VINO
Following the hurricanes of September 2017, many businesses and homes throughout the territory were destroyed. Photo: VINO
Following the hurricanes of September 2017, many businesses and homes throughout the territory were destroyed. Photo: VINO
The Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project (TMP) released their forecast on April 5, 2018 signaling that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be slightly above average with 14 named storms and seven (7) hurricanes. Photo: GIS
The Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project (TMP) released their forecast on April 5, 2018 signaling that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be slightly above average with 14 named storms and seven (7) hurricanes. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Some thirty percent of residents and businesses in the Virgin Islands (VI) have not recovered from the ravages of the two powerful category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria of last year.

The killer storms caused billions in destruction, six official deaths, and homelessness, widespread looting and panic in the streets of the islands for food and gas.

Meanwhile, this year’s Hurricane season is almost here, and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is warning, residents, visitors and the public to pay close attention to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane predictions and to “Be Ready and Stay Ready” come June 1, 2018.

In a press release issued by the Government Information Service (GIS) yesterday April 10, 2018, it stated that "Forecasters are becoming more confident in releasing predictions on the possible impacts as the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches. Considering the devastation caused by the events of 2017, residents are urged to prepare early and remain in a heightened state of readiness throughout the hurricane season."

"We are doing our part"- Sharleen S. DaBreo

Director of the Department for Disaster Management, Ms Sharleen S. DaBreo in the same release added: “The DDM is working with a number of organisations and agencies to get the most vulnerable prepared for what might be another record-breaking year.”

The longtime Director said, “We are working assiduously to restore our monitoring networks while reaching out to the most vulnerable persons in our communities to ensure that they are ready and remain ready throughout the season.”

Ms DaBreo added, “We are working with local and regional partners to get the elderly homes ready, ensure that emergency repairs are completed at the shelters that were damaged by the hurricanes, provide training for Community Emergency Response Teams, and put measures in place to ensure that information and alerts are readily available to the public for them to take action as necessary.”

Pay attention to Scientist’s predictions 

The Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project (TMP) released their forecast on April 5, 2018, signaling that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be slightly above average with 14 named storms and seven (7) hurricanes; three (3) of which will be major hurricanes (Category 3-4-5). The CSU TMP indicated that there is 52 percent chance of at least one major (Category 3-4-5) tracking into the Caribbean according to the release.

Forecasters also expect the Bermuda-Azores High-Pressure Center will again be in a favourable location allowing more named storms to strengthen as they move from east to west across the Atlantic Ocean. With weak El Niño conditions expected, the predictions are calling for an active season.

The Territory is still not back on its feet following the 2017 Hurricanes, as many homes are still roofless, many businesses have not reopened due to looting and no insurance and many government buildings are still left abandoned since the September 6, 2017 fury of Irma.

11 Responses to “Another active 2018 hurricane season on the way!”

  • ... (11/04/2018, 13:52) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    father god coming for his world
  • What i did (11/04/2018, 14:00) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes it is close to that Season again and I am concern. However, if it happens again I am prepared this time. I had a concrete storage room built in with my kitchen that is big enough to fit four people in the event of another big storm. I also stack water, can goods, flashlights, batteries and other things you need in an emergency. Another thing is to put all your importment documents in a big Zip Lock bag. If the bag falls in water or get wet your stuff will stay dry.
  • Hmm (11/04/2018, 14:33) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The lord is my shepherd
  • wicked ways (11/04/2018, 15:43) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
    We haven't changed one bit so we will get more blows
    • I agree (11/04/2018, 16:38) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
      People went right back to their bad behavior. They will learn one day.
      • True (11/04/2018, 17:24) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        That is so true I am so taken back of the behavior of some people and especially those who in church every Sunday. They passing their next door neighbor as if they come out of space . I wonder where the Christian community gone. The hurricanes put people further apart instead of bringing them together.
        • To bad (11/04/2018, 19:04) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply

          Most of those people you see stepping to church every Sunday is demons. To much mess with most of those church members.

  • Where is the Labour Law (11/04/2018, 16:56) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't wish another Irma for no Country.. Hope other countries learn from our bad experience.. Laid off Workers.. Some bad companies. Some Slow and Tricksy insurance companies.. Some bad bad people looting up the place.. Hope they put laws in place so in the event people won't have to suffer unnecessarily..
  • @what i did (11/04/2018, 17:10) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    You have done well and i hope this will give others an inspiration.What the disaster committee needs to do by the ending of April check all emergency centres for feasibility etc.When any disaster struck those who dont feel comfortable that their homes cannot withstand any storms can check into the centres prepared with their emergency kits for at least 3 to 5 days ration.Those with elderlies and very young children should start making preparations also.So much to be done and now is the time to start.If you have reserves from last season use and replace them or check expirations date first We all have to prepare some how or the other just dont wait until itvis too late. Then when the exact action begins we must just watch and pray.
  • rock city (11/04/2018, 18:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    hurricane hurricane hurricane GO AWAY
  • Lesson Learned (12/04/2018, 19:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hopefully all who witnessed these hurricanes learned a valuable lesson and will be better prepared. I know I am


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