Take necessary precautions

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produce approximately nine to 15 tropical storms and the National Oceanic High and Atmospheric Administration has said that as many as four to eight of these systems could go on to become hurricanes. This may depend, to some extent, on the weather phenomenon known as El Nino, which may help to suppress storm development.

One of the last major systems to affect the United States was Hurricane Katrina. It was the deadliest and most destructive Category Five hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, as it lead a path of destruction and death in its wake, with wind speeds topping 280 kilometres.

Consequently, it is hoped that residents will heed the advice of officials and take all the necessary precautions to ensure they are safe and their premises secured should any storm or hurricane be imminent.

September is also significant since it marks the anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Janet in 1955. As a Category One storm, it killed 38 people in Barbados and made more than 29,000 persons homeless.

Barbadians need to ensure that they take the hurricane preparedness warnings seriously and stock up on non-perishable supplies, as well as have adequate amounts of water, a battery-operated radio, flashlight, tools, medication, and building materials on hand just in case a storm threatens. Persons should also keep monitoring the latest weather bulletins and know where the nearest emergency shelter is located in case evacuation is necessary.

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