Today, November 30, has officially marked the end of the 2017 hurricane season. It is the fifth highest recorded active season in the Atlantic.
As the season comes to a close, persons are being urged to remain vigilant.
Director of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Sharleen DaBreo said residents should not to let their guard down because historical records show that tropical storms and hurricanes have occurred in December.
The territory was hit by two category 5 hurricanes and a tropical wave.
“From a scientific perspective, the barometric pressure from both Irma and Maria were the lowest ever recorded; as 915 and 908 millibars, respectively. This not only had an explosive impact on windows and doors, but residents have spoken about the physiological effects that this low pressure caused,” DaBreo said.
She added that this year’s hurricane season brought with it 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and six major hurricanes.
Additionally, it produced the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005. It was the first time in 28 years that a major hurricane impacted the BVI.
Like Luis and Marilyn of 1995, Irma and Maria impacted the BVI in a single season.
The DDM said the impacts from the three unprecedented weather events combined will result in the costliest year in terms of hazard impacts for the BVI, and the first time that deaths have resulted from the impact of hurricanes.
Lessons to be learned
According to DaBreo, there are many lessons to be learned from the devastation witnessed this year.
She said: “This hurricane season will change the way that the region plans for hurricanes and other climate-related hazards. We have experienced relatively quiet years but this year brought with it destruction never seen before in the BVI. With the experience of the unprecedented trio in 2017 and the 2003 and 2010 rain events as well as the changing weather patterns, we must ensure that we remain in a constant state of readiness year round.”
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