Hurricane Season begins today – Region told brace for up to 11 storms

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CDEMA Hurricane season

The 2015 Hurricane Season officially begins today.

The US-based National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting six to 11 named storms for this season even as regional disaster officials warned Caribbean countries not to become complacent.
NOAA said of the 11 named storms, six could become hurricanes and two major hurricanes in excess of winds of 111 miles per hour (mph).

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Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson

Executive Director of the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, in a pre-season press conference last week, urged the Region to be fully prepared for the 2015 season.

“I am particularly peeved that the focus on climate change has largely been heavy on clean technology energy efficiency, which is important because that is also going to be a major game-changer for our economies, but we have not seen a requisite focus on the areas of preparedness for response,” he said.

 

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