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Caribbean Island Hurricane Updates and News

Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. They are sometimes referred to by other names, such as typhoons or cyclones, depending on what part of the world they occur. The scientific term for all these storms is tropical cyclone.

Hurricanes originate over warmer waters and hence form close to the equator, where ocean and air temperatures tend to be highest. The water temperature must be 80 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer throughout the first 50 meters below the surface in order to provide enough moisture to “feed” a storm system. This is the warmer air is, the more moisture it can hold. Wind catalyzes this process by sweeping the water vapor from the surface and collecting it into distinct vertical cloud formations. As the moist air rises, it begins to twist as a result of the Earth’s rotation and gravitational forces, creating the swirling cloud patterns we are all so familiar with.

There are four levels of storm strength, a tropical disturbance might result in some thunderstorms. A tropical depression involves circulating winds of 25 to 38 miles per hour. At a wind speed of 39 miles per hour, the system becomes a tropical storm and is given an official name such as Harvey, Maria, Jose, Sandy or Irma. Finally, when winds top 74 miles an hour, the storm is officially a tropical cyclone (or in the north atlantic – a hurricane).

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These storm systems in the Americas originate near the equator in the Atlantic ocean, and travel from east to west. They gradually curve northward as they approach the Caribbean, at which time they can take one of three common paths – west, northwest or north.

Following the 2018 Caribbean hurricane season

You can track active storm systems during hurricane season on the website maintained by the National Hurricane Center:  https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

For hurricane news about the Caribbean islands, resorts and villas –  click here:  St. BarthsAnguilla | Turks and Caicos | St. Martin | Virgin Islands | Antigua

For Riviera Maya hurricane updates, Jamaica hurricane updates, Grand Cayman hurricane updates – track hurricane news here:   https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Naming Caribbean hurricanes for 2018 -2023:

Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The six lists below are used in rotation and re-cycled every six years, i.e., the 2018 list will be used again in 2024. The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity. In these cases a WMO committee votes to remove the offending name from the rotation list and another name is selected to replace it. Several names have been retired since the lists were created including Irma, Maria and Harvey from the 2017 hurricane season.

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sara
Tony
Valerie
William
Andrea
Barry
Chantal
Dorian
Erin
Fernand
Gabrielle
Humberto
Imelda
Jerry
Karen
Lorenzo
Melissa
Nestor
Olga
Pablo
Rebekah
Sebastien
Tanya
Van
Wendy
Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gonzalo
Hanna
Isaias
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paulette
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred
Ana
Bill
Claudette
Danny
Elsa
Fred
Grace
Henri
Ida
Julian
Kate
Larry
Mindy
Nicholas
Odette
Peter
Rose
Sam
Teresa
Victor
Wanda
Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Ian
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Martin
Nicole
Owen
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tobias
Virginie
Walter
Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Don
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harold
Idalia
Jose
Katia
Lee
Margot
Nigel
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney

Recap from the 2017 hurricane season.

Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria swept over several Caribbean islands in September of 2017. The islands most impacted were St Martin, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Dominica, and Puerto Rico. These islands suffered significant damage to infrastructure and property, and were not able to support any tourism activity for the entirety of the 2017-2018 winter vacation season. Numerous GoFundMe campaigns were set-up to assist in the recovery effort, and military engineers and disaster response teams from England, France, the Netherlands and the United States provided essential assistance.

Several other islands experienced varying degrees of property damage, then managed to recover and rebuild in time to preserve some portion of the peak winter season tourism season. Islands that were hit by one of these hurricanes and then recovered within months include St Barths and Anguilla.

For details on hurricane season news for Caribbean islands –  click here:  St. BarthsAnguilla | Turks and Caicos | St. Martin | Virgin Islands | Antigua

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