Haitian Government Alerts Residents To Tropical Wave
Haiti's National Meteorological Centre (CNM) announced Monday night the formation of the year's first tropical wave, located south of the Caribbean Basin, saying it could lead to heavy rains in three provinces -- Sud, Centre and Artibonite.
The CNM said the low-pressure phenomenon, which arrived earlier than the usual hurricane season in the Atlantic, could cause extreme weather patterns, and residents in high-risk zones should take precautionary measures.
Experts from Weather Services International (WSI) have forecast a very active hurricane season for this year, with at least 16 storms, including nine hurricanes, five of which are expected to be above Category 3.
The annual hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov 30.
Last year, Haiti was pummelled by Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Isaac, as well as other minor storms, that killed nearly 100 people, left some 250,000 homeless and caused agricultural losses of more than US$100 million.