The United States Climate Prediction Center which is part of the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is forecasting 12-17 named storms for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.
The hurricane season officially starts on June 1 st and ends on November 30 th .
Of the 12-17-named storms, five to nine could become hurricanes, including one to four of those could become a
major hurricane (category 3-5).
The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) which falls under the Fire Department (Ministry of General Affairs) headed by Fire Chief/Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is appealing to all residents and businesses to plan ahead and let’s ‘Be Prepared’ for the hurricane season.
The community is urged to learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike by
visiting the Government website:
www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and
“Hurricane Tracking Chart.”
Listen to the Government Radio station – SXMGOV 107.9FM for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane. You can also follow weather related news and information as well as national addresses by the Prime
Minister, chairlady of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by going to @SXMGOV Facebook Page.
For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten
(MDS): www.meteosxm.com or visit their social media page Facebook.com/sxmweather/
Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Be prepared!