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The 2011 Hurricane Season will officially start tomorrow June 1st and culminate on November 30th and all indications are that it will be an above average year in terms of activity, with between 13 and 18 named systems predicted to roam our waters.

Chief Met Officer Dennis Gonguez told us today that they are prepared for a heightened cyclone season.

Screen_shot_2011-05-31_at_5.35.40_PMDennis Gonguez- Chief Met Officer

“Well, the seasonal outlooks are indicating yet another active season this year. It will range from as slow as low as 13 name storms and as high as 18 in the system and that are well above the average of 10. The long term for the long period 1950 to 2000 indicate that we should expect about ten tropical storms however the forecast indicate that we will be a little above average. During this period we are in an area of increase of tropical cyclone activity so we can expect that the forecast will indicate that we can expect above average activity since we are in an area of heighten cyclone activity in the Atlantic Basin.”

As usual, the met office is advising everyone to have an emergency plan and to always be prepared for anything that will come our way. And of course, it is critical that Belizeans listen to official reports to keep apprised of what is happening.

Dennis Gonguez- Chief Met Officer

“The best advice is to listen to the official word that comes from the National Meteorological Service and when we are close to threat that something will impact us the advice comes from us thought the NEMO so we need to pay attention to the advice and not listen to rumors. We should be prepared we had three system affecting us last year and a near miss also with Tropical Storm Karl and that should have made us better prepared for this year in seeing that we should avoid the negative things that happened to us last year and make better preparations for this 2011 Hurricane Season.”

This year’s storms will be Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Maria, Katia, Lee, Nate, Ophelia, Philipe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, and Whitney.

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