Hurricane season is practically here, in the less than 30 days the season begins. It’s been nearly a decade since the last hurricane hit Cayman, but those at the National Weather Service believe this year might bring a change.
Director General of the National Weather Service John Tibbetts says Cayman is long over due for a powerful storm – one even stronger than Ivan.
He told Cayman 27, “For the record, Cayman has never been directly hit by a category 5 hurricane yet, that alone tells you that we’re over due.”
The most devastating storm on record to hit Cayman was Hurricane Ivan which struck back in 2004. The 2015 hurricane season for the Atlantic basin saw a total of 12 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes – none of which threatened the Cayman Islands. Mr. Tibbetts says atmospheric conditions which helped to prevent the development of storms are expected to change this time around.
He said, “It was a season in which we had a very powerful El Nino in place, and an El Nino has a tendency to cap hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin. Now going into this season, that El Nino is expected to weaken.”
The first storm for the season was recorded back in January. Mr. Tibbetts says the change this year is predicted to be another season packed with storms.
“The predictions for this year are 12 named storms five hurricanes and two major hurricanes,” said Mr. Tibbetts.
For now it’s still a guessing game, but he warns it’s better to be safe than sorry. Cayman 27 will provide several tips on how to prepare for the season as well as how to stay safe.