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Hurricane season begins today

Sunday, June 01, 2014 | 1:31 PM    

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) -- The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins today Sunday June 1 with a warning that the there is no way of knowing what the true impact of the season will be.

Dennis Feltgen of the National Hurricane Centre in Miami says notwithstanding predictions of a “slow” season “it takes only takes one storm hitting your area for it to make it a bad year, regardless of the number of storms that are forecast in the seasonal outlook.”

He cited, as an example, the year 1992, for which there were only seven named storms, but one of which was Category 5 Hurricane Andrew, which caused more than US$25 billion in damage in Florida.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecast eight to 13 named storms and three to six hurricanes. One or two of these could strengthen into a major storm, in what the US based agency is predicting to be near-normal or below-normal season.

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