As Jamaicans continue to experience the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris Hind, general manager, JN General Insurance Company (JNGI), is concerned that this year’s predicted “stronger-than-normal” hurricane season could be disastrous should Jamaica experience a direct hit from a hurricane this year.
The Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States forecasts that 13 to 19 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes, and three to six major hurricanes, Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane windscale, are expected. This prediction is above the 30-year (1981-2010) average of 13 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
The prediction is significant, as already the 2020 hurricane season, which started on June 1, has had six tropical storms, two of which were formed before the official start of the season on June 1. This was the first time since 2016 that two or more named storms developed prior to the start of the season.