|Don’t stop now, hurricane season not over|
Four months into the Atlantic hurricane season, one can easily forget threatening storms can pop up at any time.
Although it has been almost a month since Tropical Storm Philippe, the last named storm that made waves in the Atlantic, we are not out of the woods yet. The official hurricane season runs through the Nov. 30.
Hurricane Irene, which passed the islands Aug. 23, has been the only real threat to the Turks and Caicos Islands so far this year, but it is always important to stay prepared throughout the season.
Last year Tomas taught us to stay vigilant, crossing directly over the island of East Caicos on Nov. 6, 2010, with 75 mph winds, luckily causing little damage.
The 2011 hurricane season has already been a busy one, with 16 named storms so far, including three major hurricanes. This is on track with some predictions earlier in the year by experts who expected 12-18 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes to form in the Atlantic during 2011.
The last two hurricane seasons have been busier than most. In 2010, there were 19 named storms, 12 hurricanes and five major hurricanes, up some 164 percent from the average (1944-2009).
As November approaches, remember to keep your hurricane plan handy, kit available and your house, yard and family prepared.