BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - JUST two weeks into the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season and already three disturbances are being monitored in various sections of the Western Hemisphere.
The first one is expected to fully develop off the coast of the United States and Canada in the coming days.
According to the National Hurricane Center, satellite and surface observations indicated that a well-defined low pressure system, located about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, is acquiring more tropical characteristics.
Meteorologists said that environmental conditions appear conducive for further development, and that a tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form later today (June 14) or tonight.
Then there is a second one that just left the coast of Africa, where there is a strong tropical wave just offshore of West Africa that is said to be producing disorganised showers and thunderstorm activity.
Forecasters however predicted that there would be some development of the system over the next few days before a combination of dry air aloft and strong upper-level winds limit any chance of formation.
These storms come as the forecasters predicted an above-normal hurricane season, which is expected to produce 13 to 20 named storms of which six to 10 could become hurricanes.
Further, it was highlighted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that there would be three to five major hurricanes.
The third disturbance is located over the Bay of Campeche, where it is associated with a broad low pressure that is expected to develop during the next couple of days as it slowly moves to Mexico.
Forecasters predicted that a tropical depression could form late in the week when the system moves northward into the central Gulf of Mexico.
In the Federation, disaster preparedness officials are calling on residents to be prepared for the season as the two islands deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.
National Disaster Response Coordinator, Abdias Samuel asserted that residents should at this point be ensuring that their residence and communication plans are ready,for the season, as well as any contingency measures are practical.
Speaking to the preparedness of shelters, Samuel said that they are currently being reviewed by the sub-committee, but noted that they would be able to accommodate 2,000 people should there be any sort of impact.