Yesterday marked the official close of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which officially runs from June 1st to November 30th each year. However, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM), has called on residents not to be complacent, as a storm or hurricane can occur outside of that official time period.
"There are other weather features which can be experienced during this period, and all Dominicans will well remember the 2013 Christmas Eve Trough System, which caused significant damage in Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. Therefore, do not become complacent; continue to listen to your local radio stations for Weather Advisories from the Meteorological Service, and for Information from the Office of Disaster Management" the ODM said in a statement.
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season was the most active and costliest since 2012, and was also the deadliest since 2005. This was a slightly above average season, that produced a total of 15 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
The season began nearly five months before the official start date, with Hurricane Alex forming in the North-eastern Atlantic in mid-January, the first Atlantic January hurricane since Hurricane Alice in 1955.
The strongest Hurricane this season was Matthew, packing winds of 160 miles per hour at its peak.
This year, there were more than 1700 fatalities, and damage in excess of 11 Billion US Dollars.
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