With just about a week until the official beginning of the 2017 hurricane season, Prime Minister Timothy Harris recommends the people of St. Kitts and Nevis make early preparations, as 11 named storms are predicted to occur.The season, which begins June 1, runs until November. Weather experts expect four of the 11 storms will become hurricanes and two may be major, meaning they will be Category 3 or greater. Category 3 storms have winds from 111 to 129 mph and devastating damage will be the result.

Dr. Harris reminded citizens that Jamaica and Haiti are still recovering from recent heavy rainfall that resulted in serious flooding that caused property damage and loss of life“This sad situation has occurred, a possible result of climate change, and the hurricane season is yet to begin,” Harris said, calling on residents in St. Kitts and Nevis to make the relevant preparations now to protect life and property.