Bigger storms could come

From left, World Meteorological Organisation representative, Dr Fredrico Gomez;  Guyana Minister of Agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy; Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management,  Dr David Estwick; Coordinating Director, Caribbean Meteorological Organisation, Tyrone Sutherland; and Director Barbados Meteorological Services, Hampden Lovell.
From left, World Meteorological Organisation representative, Dr Fredrico Gomez; Guyana Minister of Agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy; Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr David Estwick; Coordinating Director, Caribbean Meteorological Organisation, Tyrone Sutherland; and Director Barbados Meteorological Services, Hampden Lovell.

“Are we now in an era of superstorms?”

That’s the question that countries like Barbados should now be asking, says Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr David Estwick.

Opening the 53rd Meeting of the Caribbean Meteorological Council this morning at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, Dr Estwick said, “We are now witnessing more intense storms, floods, droughts and other natural hazards”.

He quoted figures released last week by the World Meteorological Organisation indicating that this year is currently on course to being among the top 10 warmest years since modern record-keeping began in 1850.

In fact, he says that the period of January to September of this year has tied with the year 2003 as warmest since record-keeping began 163 years ago, providing the conditions for huge storms.

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