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Hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean to intensify

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As the 2023 Hurricane Season for the Atlantic Basin (North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico) peaks, the National Meteorological Service of Belize advises Belizeans to prepare for storms that may come to the country. The months of September and October are considered very active in the region. Despite an initial prediction of a near-average season, the remainder is expected to be above normal or very active due to climatic change.

At the beginning of the season in June, weather experts indicated that the El Niño phenomenon would weaken the hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin in contrast to La Niña, which is said to lead to stronger storms. Although, in the past months, activity in the region has not been too active, the National Meteorological Service of Belize has noted a change in the weather pattern. “We need to be prepared,” said Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon. “We have seen that materialized, especially in the number of named storms that have been around 14 by now. We need to be prepared as we are in a vulnerable area.” Gordon urges Belizeans to pay close attention to the weather forecasts between now and the end of November and make all necessary preparations in case a storm threatens Belize.

Hurricane Lee is approaching the Canadian eastern coast, and Tropical Storm Margot is on the far east of the Atlantic Ocean. A new development reported on Friday, September 15th, was a weather disturbance described as Тrорісаl Dерrеѕѕіоn 15 іn thе сеntrаl Аtlаntіс Осеаn. This has prompted weather experts and dіѕаѕtеr management аgеnсіеѕ to monitor іtѕ trajectory. The weather system produces winds of 35 miles per hour and moves in a northwest direction at 12 miles per hour. According to meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center, this storm could become a major hurricane by next week.

The list of names for this hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin includes: The list of names for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season includes Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harold, Idalia, Jose, Katia, Lee, Margot, Nigel, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, and Whitney. The season runs every year from June 1st to November 30th. However, the season may start earlier or extend due to the weather patterns that change yearly.

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