Providenciales, 05 Oct 2015 – Residents were critical over the call not to place the Turks and Caicos more immediately under some kind of warning or watch with Hurricane Joaquin dumping nearly two to three feet of rain, tearing down trees and power poles and forcing a stop to normal activity.
It seems the Premier agrees that the time has come to upgrade, but not with a local met office; the nation’s leader believes systems can more easily be improved.
“I think more systems because even if you have a met office and you’re not on the ground and with information at your disposal the same thing still occurs, so it is about being vigilant, knowing what is experiencing on the ground. Knowing what’s in the area and making important decisions. Many countries don’t have Met Offices and they do function quite well; Met Offices are indeed elaborate structures, expensive…”