July 27th, 2020 -- St. Kitts Meteorological Services is reporting that a Tropical Disturbance, Invest92L, is expected to be in the vicinity of the northern Leeward Islands by late Wednesday 29th or early Thursday, 30th, July 2020. As the system fast tracks towards the Caribbean Island Chain, a level of uncertainty surrounds it’s potential path and intensity, although further strengthening is currently anticipated.
Senior Met Officer, Elmo Burke notes that the three or more systems presently circulating in the Caribbean Basin, constitutes the peak of the Hurricane Season as evidenced by the upsurge in cyclonic activity within the Atlantic.
“Over the years,” Mr. Burke said, “studies have shown an increase in the frequency and intensity of hydro-meteorological hazards in the Atlantic Ocean, between mid-August and September.”
On July 23rd, while Invest92L had departed the African coastline with it’s sights set on the northern Leeward Islands, the centre of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was approaching the Southern Windward Islands with winds of 60 mph and higher wind gusts, reported. Gonzalo went on to dump a deluge of rain on Trinidad and Tobago while affecting Barbados and Grenada along the way. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Hanna was upgraded to a hurricane last Saturday morning, becoming the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season, as it raced toward Texas.
National Disaster Coordinator, Abdias Samuel is asking citizens and residents to be extremely cautious at this time of year, particularly as St. Kitts and Nevis remains engaged in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic.
“Having to manage the Hurricane Season while in the midst of a global pandemic is a Disaster Management’s worst nightmare,” Mr. Samuel said, “but manage we must so as our agency, NEMA, prepares to protect individuals; in so doing, you, your neighbourhood and community, everyone must also prepare.”
So far for 2020, the Atlantic Ocean basin has seen up to eight tropical cyclones, which in past years has only happened towards the end of the peak, in September. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) The season has also yielded the earliest “C,” “E,” “F,” “G,” and “H” storms on record — Cristobal, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo and Hanna.
Storm Names for 2020 are as follows:
If Invest 92L forms, it will be named Isaias and would obliterate the previous record for the earliest “I” storm, Irene, which was named August 7th, 2005, according to a representative from NHC.
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