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Over the past few weeks, meteorologists have been alerting people to the Atlantic hurricane season. Now, the United States government has issued a warning for US citizens in areas that may be affected.
The information was posted by the Department of State on the U.S. Embassy Barbados, Eastern Caribbean and OECS page. Authorities said:Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2022 season to be above average for the seventh straight year.
Those planning to travel near the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea during the season should stay informed and up to date. NOAA predicted that this The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will produce 14-21 storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 major hurricanes.
There is a “65% chance of having an above normal season”. Gina M. Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce, said, “Early preparation and understanding your risk is key to being hurricane resistant and climate ready.
Raimondo also added, “Throughout hurricane season, NOAA experts will be working around the clock to provide early, accurate forecasts and warnings that communities in the path of storms can rely on to stay informed. ”
Several climatic factors are linked to the increase in the number of hurricanes, tropical cyclones and storms, in particular the atmospheric phenomenon La Niña. Travelers can find more scientific details on the NOAA website and should also follow the recommendations of the US government.
Recommendations from the US State Department
The government has shared advisories for US citizens visiting or living in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico or near the Atlantic Ocean. Here are the main recommendations:
- Register at Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): travelers should register with the government’s free service for US citizens traveling or living abroad to get security updates.
- Present a negative COVID-19 test before travelling.
- Consider that in the event of a hurricane, travelers may not be able to leave the area within 24-48 hours or even longer, roads may be obstructed and personal safety – due to the violence and looting that may occur after a natural disaster – may not be guaranteed as security personnel may not be able to assist.
- Get travel insurance which can cover unforeseen expenses. Under US law, all evacuation costs, including assistance from commercial airlines, are the responsibility of citizens.
- Keep a kit of essentials such as bottled water, essential medicines, non-perishable food, vital documents – passports should not be forgotten – and a battery operated radio.
- Stay informed: Monitor local media, radio, stay current with information from the National Hurricane Center and the government’s Ready.Gov emergency page.
- Inform your friends and family of your whereabouts and stay in touch with your hotels or tour operators for evacuation instructions.
Traveling during hurricane season
Most travelers are eager to get to all the fascinating hurricane belt destinations like Miami, the Bahamas, or Cancun. However, this season, those interested in high-risk destinations should take a few precautions in addition to those already mentioned by the US State Department.
A few weeks ago, Florida experienced one of the worst flight delays in years due to thunderstorms and more than 10,000 flights were canceled or delayed. Travelers should therefore consider this a possibility when traveling between June and November. Flexible tickets and rebooking alternatives can be helpful, as well as being prepared for the unpredictable.
Another thing to consider is opt for historically safe destinations in the Caribbean such as Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. Visit sunny destinations also with beautiful beaches but the Pacific is an excellent alternative, such as Hawaii or the Pacific coast of Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, Mazatlan or Acapulco. Similarly, Panama can offer visitors great beaches, warm weather, and no hurricane worries.
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