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Friday, August 3, 2012

Tropical Storm Ernesto Heats Up


Caribbean Hurricane Season - June 1 to November 30


July was quiet, but things are heating up this month. Not exactly a surprise since August and September are usually the most active months of the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season. 


The Weather Channel

Tropical Storm Ernesto - the 5th tropical storm of the season -  is moving west of the Windward islands. The following islands are currently under a storm watch - Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

By next week the storm is predicted to pass just south of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands before heading towards the Yucatan Peninsula and Gulf of Mexico.

By Monday the National Hurricane Center predicts the storm could become Hurricane Ernesto, however it's too soon to get an accurate read on the storms path once it leaves the Windwards islands.

While all eyes on on Ernesto, there is another tropical depression behind it. As always this is the time of the year for islanders and visitors to review preparedness plans.

Since we have no control over Mother Nature, it is advisable for travelers to purchase travel insurance when traveling during this season, as well as checking the weather and hurricane guarantee policies provided by hotels/resorts prior to booking.

If you are planning on traveling to the Caribbean within the next three to four months, a good site to bookmark is the Caribbean Hurricane Network. They provide current updates from hurricane correspondents who live on the islands, along with satellite maps, and forecasts.