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Hurricane Names Released for Atlantic

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Rashaed Esson

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#NHC#NOAA#HurricaneSeason#HurricaneNames, February 22nd, 2024 – In just a few months, the Atlantic Hurricane season will begin, going from June 1st to November 30th, and the names that will be used for Hurricanes this year have been released, a total of 21, which are used in rotation and reused every 6 years. The list can be viewed on the National Hurricane Center’s website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

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2024 ATLANTIC BASIN HURRICANE SEASON

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PRESS RELEASE

 

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DISASTER

MANAGEMENT AND EMERGENCIES

 

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 9th April 2024 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) reminds the residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands that the 2024 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season will officially begin on Saturday, 01 June, 2024, and end on Saturday, 30 November, 2024.

 

The Colorado State University (CSU) on April 4th, 2024, released its first 1st hurricane predictions for 2024, the outlook calls for an extremely active hurricane season with twenty-three (23) named storms, of which eleven (11) will be hurricanes with five (5) being major hurricanes. Colorado State has never predicted more than nineteen (19) named storms or nine (9) hurricanes in its initial forecast.

The extremely active season is being mainly guided by two factors:

 

  1. At present, there is record-breaking high sea surface temperatures across the North Atlantic Ocean. In February, sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic had already reached historically high levels of about 1.2°C (2.2°F) above normal, from off the coast of Africa to off the coast of Central America; this region is considered the main development region for the Atlantic Basin tropical cyclones. (Tropical cyclones include depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes.)

 

The sea surface temperatures experienced in the month of February were more typical of that of warmer months such as June and July. (Warm oceans provide fuel to help tropical cyclones form, and boost their strength after formation.) However, the sea surface becomes warmer and warmer as the season progresses. Therefore, with such record-high sea surface temperatures already in place from West Africa to Central America, there is a likelihood that more tropical cyclones will develop and their strength boosted by this added fuel.

 

  1. The forecasters/experts have also advised that the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is transitioning from the El Niño phase experienced in 2023, to a brief neutral phase, then to a La Niña Phase. The La Niña Phase Forecast is anticipated to be fully in place by September 2024. Rain and increased moisture from the La Niña conditions could supercharge the season.

 

Kindly be reminded that it is the El Niño phase of ENSO that suppresses hurricane formation in the Atlantic Basin — since the El Niño generates more wind shear (winds changing winds with direction and height), which in turn suppresses the activity of hurricanes.

 

However, with La Niña the effects are the opposite — reduced wind shear, thus assisting hurricane formation and activity.

 

Thus, the experts are forecasting, anticipating, and expecting an above-normal supercharged 2024 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Basin. Whilst in a normal season, there are approximately 14 named storms, 7 of which develop into hurricanes, of which 3 of these 7 develop into major hurricanes.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will present their predictions on Thursday 23rd May, 2024 and CSU will release an update on Tuesday 11th June, 2024.

 

The Deputy Premier and Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, with Responsibility for Disaster Management, Honourable Jamell Robinson encourages the residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands to commence their individual and family preparations; as the CSU has predicted an increased level of hurricanes that can potentially impact the Caribbean Region.

 

Hon. Robinson seeks to remind that the predictions would be more than we have experienced in the past years. Residents are urged to take proactive measures ahead of the 2024 Atlantic Season, as it only takes one storm to impact the TCI. As the Minister with Responsibility for Disaster Management, Hon. Robinson would like to implore individuals to take their individual and family precautionary actions so that our collective efforts of preparation for a major storm can reduce any potential impact.

Therefore, it is imperative that the residence of the Turks and Caicos Islands seriously begin their preparations, by inspecting their homes and making any necessary repairs, updating of their Family Plan and Insurance Policies.  Ensuring that your Insurance Policies cover Flooding etc.

 

Remember Early preparation is the key!

 

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Dengue passes 1000 deaths mark in Brazil

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Rashaed Esson

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#Dengue#Brazil, April 4, 2024 – Dengue continues to worsen in Brazil, already surpassing the 1000 deaths mark for 2024 on Wednesday April 3, now at 1,020 close to the all time record 1,094 for all of 2023. This was revealed by Brazil’s Ministry of Health and it says another 1,531 deaths are under investigation. Brazil already recorded 2.6 million probable infections for 2024 and the government reportedly expressed that in a worst case scenario, which is seemingly close to becoming reality, there could be up to 4.2 million cases, not far from the total for the entire Americas in 2023.

Despite the surge in cases, Brazil’s dengue fighting efforts remain strong, as it launched in February, a dengue vaccination campaign, the first in the world to do so. This comes as there have been low doses as well as low demand for dengue vaccines.

 

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Dengue Update – Brace for Potential Worst Dengue Season

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Rashaed Esson

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#Dengue#LatamCaribbean, April 1, 2024 – Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Jarbas Barbosa, says 2024 might be the worst dengue season for Latin America and the Caribbean. A UN health Agency on Thursday March 28 made this announcement and urged the region to prepare, as dengue is worsened by global warming and the El Nino phenomenon. It is reported that in less than 3 months in 2024, regional authorities recorded over 3.5 million dengue cases and up to a thousand deaths, a increase compared to the same period in 2023.

 

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